- What does hospice do?
- How do you get hospice services?
- Am I ready for hospice?
- How are the services paid for?
- What if I have no insurance coverage?
- If I’m being treated for my illness, can I still get hospice care?
- What if I change my mind about hospice?
- Does accepting hospice care mean giving up?
- Does hospice only care for cancer patients?
- Will someone from hospice be here all the time?
- Can I keep my personal physician under hospice care?
- Is there a limit to hospice care?
- Can I expect to be pain free?
- How can I help my family?
- What do you do to help the family members?
- Does Yolo Hospice have a hospice residence for patients?
- How do I donate to Yolo Hospice?
Q: What does hospice do?
A: Hospice provides comfort care to patients through:
- Regular nursing visits from Registered Nurses for pain and symptom management. Nurses also provide teaching and support to the caregiver(s), as well as providing 24-hour support by phone, or emergency nursing visits as needed.
- Social Workers assist patients and families with social, or economic concerns and in finding resources in the community.
- A non-denominational Spiritual Care Counselor is available to patients and their families if they desire spiritual support.
- Experienced, certified Hospice Aides provide personal care and light housekeeping.
- Compassionate, trained volunteers offer companionship and practical support such as running errands, medication delivery, etc.
- Specialized Bereavement or Grief Specialists provide support to patients and their loved ones.
- Durable medical equipment (hospital beds, wheel chairs, oxygen, etc.), medications, wound supplies, briefs, etc. related to the terminal illness process are paid for and provided by Yolo Hospice.
Q: How do you get hospice services?
A: Anyone can initiate a hospice referral by calling Yolo Hospice at (800) 491-7711 or (530) 758-5566. Following that call, we will help you or your loved one access hospice service.
Q: Am I ready for hospice?
A: It may help to read our About Hospice page, which includes a list of signs that could indicate a readiness for hospice. If you think the time might be right, call Yolo Hospice and we will help you make that determination. We can discuss your needs on the phone or send someone out to meet with you and your loved ones.
Q: How are the services paid for?
A: In most cases, if you receive Medicare, Medi-Cal, Veterans Administration benefits, or any commercial insurance plan, you have hospice care coverage. These plans will provide hospice care for people with a life-limiting illness. For most patients, there is no direct cost to patients or their loved ones.
Q: What if I have no insurance coverage?
A: If a person has no private insurance, does not qualify for Medicare, Medi-Cal, veterans benefits or YCHIP services, and does not have the ability to pay, Yolo Hospice will never deny the needed care. We are a nonprofit with a mission to serve our community, and no patient has ever been turned away for inability to pay.
Q: If I’m being treated for my illness, can I still get hospice care?
A: All cases are reviewed on an individual basis, so please call and discuss your situation with us. However, if a patient is pursuing active treatment for their illness in order to extend life, they are usually not eligible for hospice services.
Q: What if I change my mind about hospice?
A: Hospice is about choice. You have a right to choose which hospice cares for you, or whether you wish to be on hospice at this time. You help guide your care with Yolo Hospice by expressing your needs, desires, goals, and intentions regarding your health and the lifestyle you wish to live. At any time, you may choose to discontinue hospice care services. You can also return to hospice care again as long as you qualify.
Q: Does accepting hospice care mean giving up?
A: No. Hospice concentrates on providing good days to patients and loved ones. It is a shift from the curative, medical model to setting goals and making the most of a patient’s life, with special focus on quality of life. We recognize that each patient’s circumstance is unique. Yolo Hospice strives to provide each patient with a quality of life as the patient defines it, on his or her terms.
Q: Does hospice only care for cancer patients?
A: Hospice cares for all patients with a life-limiting illness—regardless of the illness or diagnosis they have.
Q: Will someone from hospice be here all the time?
A: Yolo Hospice provides 24-hour a day access to a nurse who can make visits to your home or consult with you and your caregivers by phone. Yolo Hospice’s staff teaches your caregivers how to care for you, or works with the care facility where you reside. We also offer hospice aides and volunteers if additional support would be beneficial.
Q: Can I keep my personal physician under hospice care?
A: Yes. You can choose your personal physician while on hospice services.
Q: Is there a limit to hospice care?
A: As long as you continue to meet the medical criteria for hospice, you will be eligible for hospice services. Sometimes patients stabilize and no longer are in need of hospice services. In that case, they are released from hospice care. If this happens, former patients are able to return to hospice care if their condition declines and meets the appropriate medical criteria.
Q: Can I expect to be pain free?
A: Pain is a complicated, subjective experience. Many issues can affect an individual’s pain experience. For example, spiritual or emotional pain may lower a person’s physical pain threshold. All pain–body, mind and spirit–is addressed by Yolo Hospice, and most hospice patients live very comfortably, with dignity and an improved quality of life.
Q: How can I help my family?
A: There are many ways family members can come together to support one another. Talking about fears, being open and sharing your wishes on behalf of the patient helps family members provide the care a patient wants and relieves them of the need to speculate on behalf of the patient. Attending to necessary business matters, such as advance directives, final arrangements, and financial matters can be very helpful. The Yolo Hospice team is here to help you and your loved ones with any of these matters, among others.
Q: What do you do to help the family members?
A: Our entire team is here to provide support to patients and their family–whoever the patient considers family. In addition, Yolo Hospice grief specialists and trained volunteers provide bereavement services following the death of a loved one. Read more about how we support a patient’s loved ones on our page for caregivers and families.
Q: Does Yolo Hospice have a hospice residence for patients?
A: Yolo Hospice provides care wherever patients call home. Hospice Cottages at St. John’s Retirement Village in Woodland provides accommodation for Hospice patients in our service area. Hospice Cottages at St. John’s Retirement Village are an option for patients receiving hospice care if they live alone and can no longer live independently, or if family and loved ones are no longer able to provide care at home. St. John’s staff will assist hospice providers and families with the details and arrangements for admission to their facility. Yolo Hospice provides care for the patients living in the cottages.
Q: How do I donate to Yolo Hospice?
A: You can donate online, or you may also send in a check or money order made payable to Yolo Hospice. Please do not send cash through the mail. To donate cash, please come to our office at 1909 Galileo Court, Suite A, in Davis, 95618. The office is open Monday–Friday, 8:30 am–5 pm. For other information, please call the Yolo Hospice office at (800) 491-7711 or (530) 601-5777.