Hospice Care

Dedicated to profoundly changing the way our community experiences life-threatening illness, grief and loss– one family at a time.

“I wish I had chosen hospice care sooner” is a common statement expressed by our hospice patients and their families. Hospice care provides comfort, pain relief, and support for those faced with a terminal illness or nearing the end of life. We work with the patient and their current physician to develop an individualized care plan that supports their current treatment and values. People of any age, from infants to seniors, can benefit from hospice. Choosing hospice is never an easy decision, but we are here to support your family throughout this journey.

Finding the right hospice provider is essential, as this can make all the difference when navigating one of life’s most difficult — yet meaningful — transitions. At Mission Healthcare, we are committed to providing compassionate hospice services that emphasize respect, dignity, and comfort.


How Can Hospice Care Help?

You will have a specially trained team of physicians, registered nurses, certified nurse aides, medical social workers, counselors, and trained volunteers. Overseen by a medical director, our multidisciplinary hospice care team created an

You will have a specially trained team of physicians, registered nurses, certified nurse aides, medical social workers, counselors, and trained volunteers. Overseen by a medical director, our multidisciplinary hospice care team created an individualized plan of care wherever the patient calls home. We promise to gently guide you and your family and are available 24/7 for support or questions.

While hospice services can vary significantly from one patient to the next, our hospice team develops a care plan to meet each patient’s individual needs, to include:

  • Nursing care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Counseling and support services
  • Physical, occupational and/or speech therapy when appropriate
  • 24/7 on-call service
  • Supplies, medication and durable medical equipment (DME)
  • Veteran support 
  • Companionship from our trained volunteers
  • Spiritual guidance and counseling
  • 13 months of bereavement care for family members 


Who Is Eligible for Hospice Care?

A patient is eligible to receive hospice services if an order from a physician is given upon a terminal diagnosis with a life expectancy of 6 months or less and if the patient has a desire to receive comfort and support.

Diagnosis commonly associated with our services include:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • AIDS
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Liver/Rental disease
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Neurological conditions 
  • Respiratory disease
  • Stroke or Coma
  • Other life-limiting illness

You should consider hospice if your loved one is experiencing any of the symptoms below:

  • Frequent hospitalizations within the last 6 months
  • Progressive weight loss
  • Increasing weakness, fatigue, or sleepiness
  • A change in cognitive or functional abilities
  • Problems with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as eating, bathing, dressing or walking
  • Increased falls
  • Recurrent infections
  • Deteriorating mental abilities
  • Skin breakdown


Where Are Hospice Services Provided?

Hospice care is not a place; our care team provides services wherever our patient calls home:

  • House or apartment
  • A friend’s or relative’s home
  • Assisted living facility
  • Nursing home
  • Retirement community
  • Hospital


Who Pays for Hospice?

Hospice is a covered benefit under Medicare, Medicaid, Medi-Cal, and many other insurance plans. Families should be focused on spending time together and not worrying about how to pay the bills. Our trained insurance team assists with verifying your benefits and arranging coverage to make the process simple.


We Honor Veterans

We are a proud We Honor Veterans partner, recognizing, honoring and supporting Veterans in our community. Services include:

  • Assisting veteran patients and their families in finding veteran resources in the community
  • Hosting pinning ceremony visits to veteran hospice patients to present a pin and certificate


Getting Started with Hospice Care

The decision to begin hospice care is made by the patient in collaboration with their doctor and family. Any family member, physician, patient, friend or residential facility may call us to initiate an assessment for hospice services.

Visit our locations page to find a program near you. Our compassionate specialists can answer your questions and help you understand your options.