The mission of Pacific Point Hospice & Palliative Care is to provide physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to terminally ill patients, as well as their families and loved ones, while assisting patients and families to live with dignity and comfort as they cope with end of life issues.
Our team consists of dedicated individuals who are kind, friendly and caring and includes experiences and energetic people whose goal is to communicate well with our patients and provide the best care possible. Our staff is here to ensure a pleasant experience during our visit to your home.
- Hospice affirms life.
- Hospice recognizes dying as a process, and so our care provides comfort rather than sure.
- Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death.
- Hospice provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to terminally ill persons and their families.
- Hospice helps the terminally ill person maintain quality of life and helps family members through an extremely stressful time in their lives.
Hospice is primarily a home care program, but services may also be provided in a hospital or nursing home. A hospice team helps the patient and family make informed decisions about caregiving, teaches the necessary skills for "hands-on" care and helps with the approaching and actual death. Hospice also offers help through the bereavement period.
Pacific Point Hospice & Palliative Care is accredited by The Joint Commission and licensed in the state of California. We are committed to ensuring your rights and privileges as a hospice patient. We have written this booklet to help you better understand hospice care. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to ask us.
Thank you for selecting us as your hospice provider.
-The Management and Staff of Pacific Point Hospice & Palliative Care
Admission to our hospice program is made upon the recommendation of your physician and is based upon your needs. Normally, appropriate candidates for hospice are patients:
- With a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course;
- Who desire palliative treatment;
- Who want to stay at home as long as possible; and
- Who have a primary care person.
On admission, our nurse will visit you or your family to discuss hospice services, assess your immediate needs and recommend a plan of care.
If we cannot meet your needs, either directly by our hospice or indirectly through service agreements with other providers, we will not admit you or will not continue to provide services to you.
Dealing with a terminal illness isn't easy for anyone. If you need local hospice care for yourself or a loved one, turn to Pacific Point Home Health and Hospice. We emphasize compassion, comfort and dignity at every stage of your illness, especially in the final months.
We'll make sure you maintain the best possible quality of life and receive emotional support for your entire family along the way. Connect with our hospice care practitioners in Southern California today.
Pre-Hospice Counseling - An evaluation of a patient's need for pain and symptom management and counseling regarding what hospice is as well as other care options
Social Work - Provides services such as discharge planning, psychosocial support, help with accessing community support, as well as short- and long-term adjustment to illness and counseling.
Spiritual / Chaplain - Provides one on one support to both the patient and family when faced with medical challenges. Will provide guidance to the patient and family based on their personal religious beliefs.
Proper hospice care calls for a team effort to meet all of your physical, social and emotional needs. You'll be visited by a...
- Spiritual counselor
- Social worker
Each visitor will come directly to your residence, so you remain as comfortable as possible at every turn. Our providers also offer 24/7 on-call service availability, so you can receive care whenever you need it. Discuss the details of your local hospice care with someone on our staff today.
- Being clinically owned and operated Pacific Point is focused on prioritizing patient care above everything else.
- Pacific Point recognizes the importance of clinical oversight and has been accredited by the Joint Commission
- Navigating the world of healthcare options can be overwhelming and Pacific Point Community Liaisons are here to help by meeting with patients and families within our community.
- Pacific Point is part of a multi-state healthcare organization with the experience to addressing a wide range of healthcare needs.
- Choosing an agency with multiple care levels ensures that as healthcare needs change you will benefit from continuity of care. Pacific Point offers four levels of service including Home Health, Home Care, Palliative care, and Hospice Care.
Pacific Point Health Care Services is guided by a tradition of personal, clinical, and technological excellence. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality home-based patient care with compassion and respect for every person.
Pacific Point Hospice & Palliative Care
6170 Cornerstone Court East, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92121
Hospice is a concept of care designed to provide comfort and support compassionately to patients and their families when a limiting illness no longer responds to cure oriented treatment. Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but focuses rather on the quality of life’s possibilities. The goal of hospice is to improve the quality of a patient’s remaining days by delivering exceptional care with an emphasis in comfort, dignity, and compassion.
- Improved quality of life
- 24 hour on-call availability of hospice nurse
- Independence and comfort
- Greater pain and symptom control
- Reduced anxiety, fear, and loneliness
- Opportunities to reunite and celebrate with family and friends
- Control over end-of-life decisions
- Support from an interdisciplinary team of trained hospice professionals
- Family-centered approach
- A more dignified, peaceful death in the comfort and privacy of home
- Physician oversight
- Nursing Care
- Nurse practitioners
- Certified nursing aides
- Spiritual counseling
- Bereavement services
- Pain management
- Symptom management
- Medical social worker and counseling
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies
- Volunteer services
- Music therapy
- Respite care
- In patient care
- Continuous care
- Medical equipment and supplies
Pacific Point Hospice and Palliative Care recognizes these values and their role in fulfilling our mission:
We recognize the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each person receiving health care in the home. We are devoted to extending the highest level of courtesy, safety and service to patients, family/caregivers, visitors, and each other.
The world of health care is constantly changing, with new technology, new medications and new treatments supplanting the old. Continuing education benefits clinicians by increasing their knowledge, bt the ultimate goal of continuing education is to benefit the patient. A clinician who is up-to-date educationally can practice more safely and at a higher professional level.
People are more likely to manage their condition goals when they have more accessible healthcare goals instead of focusing only on abstract targets like blood-sugar levels. As a result, that leads to much better health. Numerous studies show that when people have a higher sense of well-being, they have fewer hospitalizations and emergency-room visits. Pacific Point is committed to providing our full array of clinical experience and resources to promote quality of life and well-being for our patients.
Pacific Point is a provider of four levels of care and is committed to providing continuity throughout each service. Continuity of Care is associated with improved preventive and chronic care services, patient and clinical satisfaction, lower hospital utilization, lower costs, and for elderly patients, lower mortality.
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- Frequent calls to physician's office
- Repeated ED visits and/or hospitalizations
- Recurrent infections (UTI, etc)
- Frequent change in medications
- Poor of failed response to therapies or treatments
- Increased pain and/or symptoms
- Abnormal lab values
- Increased shortness of breath
- Oxygen dependence
- Increased dependence with ADLs - needing eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, ambulating, transferring assistance
- Frequent falls/ fall risk
- More time confined to home, chair or bed
- Significant unintentional weight loss or weight gain related to a disease
- Increased trouble swallowing
- Non-healing decubitus ulcers.
When medical treatments cannot cure an illness, or are no longer an option, hospice may be needed. Please have the conversation with your patients, using the Advance Care Planning billing code. You can order a complementary consult and explanation of Medicare covered benefits that may better meet the needs of your patient and their family at home.