What is Hospice?

New and interesting research reports that "patients enrolled in hospice care lived longer on the average than similar diagnosed patients who did not choose hospice care." The research study shows that "hospice's unique philosophy of care, which addresses physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and emotional aspects of illness and dying, often means that patients live longer by days to months than those who with the same diagnoses do not choose hospice."

We offer the best possible clinical care with emotional and spiritual support for patients of all ages with a serious or terminal illness. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Palliative (comfort-oriented) care is provided with compassion and respect for the dignity and individuality of each life entrusted to us.

By engaging a motivated, skilled staff which uses a team approach, we offer a choice of services to fit your daily schedule. We stay linked to your Attending Physician. Our Spectrum Hospice Medical Directors are dedicated, experienced physicians, and are always available. They reinforce our link with your physicians by consulting with him or her as we customize your care.

Our Goal: Give comfort to you and peace of mind to your family. At Spectrum Hospice our patients and families come first!

Our interdisciplinary team of health care professionals and volunteers provide a planned program of care and support for our patients and their families.

•    Pain Management and Symptom Management
•    Skilled nursing care. (Many of our RNs and LPNs are nationally-certified hospice 
     and palliative nurses.)
•    Certified Nurse Aides
•    Medications related to the hospice diagnosis are provided and paid for by Spectrum Hospice
•    Counseling and education
•    Clinical social workers
•    Dedicated volunteers
•    Pastoral Care and spiritual counseling
•    Certified nutritionist
•    Home medical equipment and supplies
•    Physical, occupational, speech and other support therapies.
•    24-hour on-call availability (A Spectrum Hospice staff member will always answer the        phone.)
•    Bereavement follow-up for family members and caregivers
•    Care is provided wherever you are:  your home, the home of a family member, nursing homes, 
     personal care homes or assistant living homes

Spectrum Hospice is for patients with any life-limiting illness who would benefit from supportive rather than curative treatment.

Spectrum Hospice services are available to all regardless of race, age, creed or income level.

The patient’s care is directed by the patient’s own physician.

Spectrum Hospice handles all billing and paperwork related to Medicare, Medical Assistance, Blue Cross, managed care programs and private insurances.

Hospice professionals are skilled at working with seriously ill patients; we understand your fears and can answer your questions.

Anyone - family member, patient, physician, Spectrum Hospice Team member - can initiate a referral by calling:  (818)524-2700 or Toll Free:  (855)524-2700.

Who is eligible for Spectrum Hospice?

The patient with any end stage illness, such as, but not limited to: cardiac disease, cancer, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s, and ALS.

The patient with a prognosis of six months or less.

The patient whose quality of life would benefit from the expertise of palliative care professionals.

For FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and more information about hospice care, please refer to the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization site www.caringinfo.org .