What is Hospice?

Hospice care is an organized healthcare system of interdisciplinary services provided to meet the special needs of the terminally ill patient and their families at the final stages of life.

Can a hospice make a difference?

YES! We provide our patients relief from pain and suffering while ensuring their maximum comfort and preserving their dignity. Care can be provided in a hospital, a skilled nursing facility, assisted-living facility or in the patient’s home, surrounded by loved ones.

Who is eligible for hospice care?

• Patients with a limited life expectancy

• Patients whose curative measures have ended and whose care is now focused on a physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort

• Patients of all ages, including infants and children, are eligible for hospice care.

How can a patient apply for hospice care?

Anyone such as the patient, him or herself, the
patient’s attending physician, a family member, clergy, social worker, a hospital discharge planner, or any person who is concerned with the patient’s well being can make a referral.

When you call Bright Sky Hospice Care, we immediately contact the patient’s attending physician for approval. The process of transitioning the patient to hospice care, which includes an evaluation of the patient by our RN, occurs on the date specifically ordered by the physician or within 48 hours, whichever occurs first.

Who Pays for Hospice Care?

• Medicare
• Medi-Cal
• Private payer/insurances