Our Services and Hospice Volunteers
Hospice is a special program that helps provide dignity, comfort and support to patients and their families and friends when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatment. Hospice staff members are trained to provide a sensitive support system that helps patients and their families to cope with physical, spiritual and emotional factors related to the patient's terminal condition.
Hospice is not a physical place, but a concept of compassionate care that can be provided anywhere the patient resides. Care can be provided in the patient's home, board and care facility, or in a contracted skilled nursing facility.
Corona Regional Medical Center joins the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Corona Regional Hospice in envisioning "a world where individuals and families facing serious illness, death and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer."
|Corona Regional Medical Center is Joint Commission-certified in Home Health and Hospice.||
Hospice services provided include:
- Harp therapy
- Hospice aide services for bathing and personal care
- Massage therapy
- Pet therapy
- Social service workers
- Spiritual support
Benefits of Hospice Care
Hospice stresses quality rather than length of life. When a terminal illness must be faced, hospice will educate a patient and family about the disease process and provide symptom control with an emphasis on minimizing pain and discomfort. Hospice is about support, compassion and dignity. The patient and family are involved in making decisions about patient care. Hospice is also about providing services and programs that can help people live complete and rich lives in spite of loss and grief.
Our support does not end with the patient's death. We know that the stress of dealing with a terminal illness, followed by the loss of the loved one, can be devastating. In order to help the family deal with the emotional impact of the death, we provide bereavement care for as long as a year. We also provide community-based grief recovery and bereavement support groups, where families can meet, share emotions and experiences and gain strength from other families who have experienced similar losses.
Patients must have a terminal prognosis with a life expectancy of six months or less (certified by the patient's primary care physician and the hospice medical director). Hospice care is intended for patients who are no longer seeking curative treatment and desire pain management, support and comfort.
Hospice care is fully covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal. This includes the cost of medical equipment, medications and other care related to the patient's hospice diagnosis. Most private insurance and managed care plans also cover hospice services. Patients enrolled in Senior HMO plans may elect hospice care which is covered through Medicare while retaining their HMO plan.