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Mayers Memorial Intermountain Hospice is a program that provides compassionate care for people and their families who are facing a life-limiting illness. Hospice is designed to provide caring rather that curative care and is mostly done in the home.
It is a team of people who provides pain and symptom management, medical care, emotional and spiritual support, that is developed into a care plan which is individualized to the patient and patient’s family needs and wants. The team is comprised of the person’s physician, medical director, managing coordinator, nurses, home health aides, medical social worker, chaplain, and volunteers. If needed we also offer services such as dietary consults, physical therapy and speech therapy. The team provides medical equipment, medications, and supplies needed to manage the symptoms of the terminal illness. We teach the family and caregivers the skills needed to care for the patient at home.
We try to provide care in the home but also offer other opportunities such as in-patient care when pain and symptom control are not able to be managed at home and respite care when the family or caregiver needs time to regroup.
Hospice believes that we have the right to die symptom free, with dignity and respect. It provides bereavement support to the family and loved ones for 13 months after the death of the patient. These services include telephone calls, visits, written materials and support groups.
Hospice is a Medicare benefit and is also paid for by Medi-Cal and most private insurances.