While there are a great number of hospice providers in California — offering a variety of types of care and philosophies — not all services are available in every community. And not every provider is equipped to give every medical and personal service that a particular patient needs.
The California Department of Public Health licenses two types of providers:
- Hospice: Hospice services are provided in the patient’s home or primary place of residence, or as a service of a Congregate Living Health Facility (CLHF), or to residents of a facility via contract, based on the medical needs of the patient.
- Hospice Facility: A hospice facility provides inpatient hospice care. These facilities have a license to provide hospice services with a capacity of no more than 24 beds. Hospice services include, but are not limited to, routine care, continuous care, inpatient respite care, and inpatient hospice care, and is operated by a provider of hospice services.
Consider the unique attributes of hospice care to decide whether it is right for your situation.
Make and hone a list of potential providers based on availability and services.
Learn the questions to ask to ensure that your needs will be met by the hospice staff.