What to Expect from Hospice Care Visalia CA

There is a lot of confusion around what one can expect when engaging hospice services. First, a referral is made by a physician, hospital, nursing home, patient or family member. Then a doctor must sign an order stating that the patient is hospice-appropriate. In other words, based on the doctor’s best medical judgment, the life expectancy of the patient is six months or fewer. If you want...

Optimal Hospice Care
(661) 410-3000
5429 Avenida De Los Robles
Visalia, CA
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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Optimal Hospice Care
(661) 410-3000
5429 Avenida De Los Robles
Visalia, CA
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Hospice Care

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Hospice of Tulare County
(559) 733-0642
900 West Oak Street
Visalia, CA
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Hospice Care

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Optimal Hospice Care - Visalia
(559) 741-7220
5429 Avenida De Los Robles
Visalia, CA

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Hospice Of Tulare County, Inc
(559) 733-0642
900 W Oak Street
Visalia, CA
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Hospices

Hospice of Tulare County
(559) 733-0642
900 West Oak Street
Visalia, CA
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Nursing homes, Hospice

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Hospice of Tulare County
(559) 733-0642
900 W Oak St
Visalia, CA

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Kaweah Delta Hospice
(559) 733-0658
900 W Oak Ave
Visalia, CA

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Adventist Health Hospice
(559) 585-3425
460 Kings Country Dr
Hanford, CA

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Adventist Health Home Care Services
(559) 585-3425
823 West Lacey Blvd/Po Box 240
Hanford, CA
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Hospices

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What to Expect from Hospice Care

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There is a lot of confusion around what one can expect when engaging hospice services. First, a referral is made by a physician, hospital, nursing home, patient or family member. Then a doctor must sign an order stating that the patient is hospice-appropriate. In other words, based on the doctor’s best medical judgment, the life expectancy of the patient is six months or fewer. If you want to make a referral for yourself, speak to your physician about your wishes. If your doctor denies your request, see another doctor or contact a hospice provider directly. Sometimes doctors will not sign a request for hospice because they feel the patient is giving up on them or that they have failed their patient. However, if the patient is terminal and wishes to receive hospice care, then it is his or her decision to do so—not the doctor’s.

Next, the patient is admitted to hospice by a social worker and a nurse. The two will meet with the patient and their family to explain hospice, develop a plan of care and complete paperwork.

Once a patient is admitted to hospice, he or she will be visited by several members of the hospice team. The staff members include RNs or LPNs, chaplains, social workers, home health aides and trained volunteers. The nurse will provide a weekly assessment, and will make more visits if needed. With the interdisciplinary team, a patient will see a hospice staff member roughly three times a week. Although the staff members will not stay twenty-fo...Click here to read more from Gilbert Guide