Hospice Care

Formally speaking, hospice care is available to people with a life expectancy of six months or less. Hospice care does not focus on treatments to cure the cause of the terminal illness, it seeks to keep the individual comfortable and make their remaining time as meaningful as possible. This includes a focus on pain relief and may include nursing care, but also includes emotional support and help with everyday tasks.

Hospice services are provided to individuals in many care settings, ranging from one’s own home or apartment, to a residential care facility (if the facility has approval from the California Department of Social Service), congregate living facility, or skilled nursing facility. Skilled Nursing Facilities receive approval from the California Department of Social Services to provide

State Oversight

The California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division, with district offices throughout the State, is responsible for licensing hospice providers

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