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Hospice Care

Listening, comforting, caring.

Since 1908 Mercy Hospital has continued the tradition of meeting the healthcare needs of Kern County. Hospice Care furthers the vision of the founding Sisters of Mercy by extending care to those with a life limiting illness.

Hospice does not mean giving up
Hospice is the "something more" that can be done. It is a healthcare approach to provide physical, spiritual and psycho-social support to allow the patient and family to enjoy the fulfillment of self determined life closure.

We honor life
Our Mission is to surround people at the end of life with the same love, dignity and support that we do at the beginning of life.

Your Comfort, Your Priorities
Your quality of life defines our care.
Your personalized care is coordinated by you, your physician and the hospice team which may include:

• Pharmacist
• Registered Nurses
• Certified Home health Aide
• Homemaker • Dietician
• Medical Social Worker
• Spiritual Care Coordinator
• Trained Volunteers
• Bereavement Care Coordinator

You are not alone!
Mercy hospice nurses are on call and available at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hospice team can be reached 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Our hospice team will teach what to expect before care needs change. Hospice is provided wherever a person lives, in skilled nursing or assisted living, we are available to support the care providers. Hospice care in the home is a supplement to the care a family or caregiver provides.

In addition to our skilled, caring team, hospice brings with it access to:
• Medical equipment
• Medical Supplies
• Medications (related to the hospice diagnosis)

For your peace of mind
We are dedicated to aggressively preventing and treating pain and symptoms so that you may enjoy quality of life in your living.

Hospice care is covered by:
• Medicare
• Medi-Cal
• Private insurances
• Other reimbursement sources

• You can be discharged from hospice to return to aggressive or curative treatment if you wish. You can return to hospice at a later time.

• Benefits of hospice are more fully enjoyed when a patient begins hospice care as soon as the focus moves form cure to comfort.

It is never too soon to ask questions
If your loved one has the following:
• Heart or respiratory disease
• Kidney failure
• Liver disease
• Cancer
• Any illness or condition where there is not an expected recovery

It's never easy to know when the time is right
These are a few signs to look for:
• Progressive declining health despite treatment
• Patient and family want to stop aggressive treatments and life expectancy is limited

Calling is not a commitment - Together we can determine if hospice is right for you or someone you love. Just call 661.632.5050.

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