Transitions is a community service program whose main goal is to help individuals and their families cope with the problems that accompany life-limiting or advancing chronic illness. It is designed to improve the participant’s quality of life through palliative education, emotional support, encouragement and community resource information as needed. Education and support is provided via telephone communication or occasional home or facility visits. No hands-on medical care is provided.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care affirms life, seeks to relieve suffering and enhance comfort. According to the World Health Organization: palliative care is the focus on prevention, assessment and treatment of pain and other symptoms, and the provision of emotional and spiritual support.
How can Transitions Help?
Transitions expert staff can help program “participants” and their families by providing palliative education about the disease process. This education helps participants understand the disease process throughout all phases of illness or decline. Emotional support and encouragement helps to decrease stress, minimize fears or feelings of aloneness, and increase coping mechanisms and peace of mind. Transitions also provides community resource information to assist with financial, legal, or practical home care concerns as needed.
Who Qualifies for Transitions?
- Residents of San Joaquin County or neighboring communities;
- Individuals diagnosed with advancing chronic or life-limiting illness;
- Individuals who are pursuing curative or palliative treatment:
- Individuals who are not yet ready to make a decision for hospice care:
- Individuals who are at least 18 years of age:
What is the cost of Transitions?
Transitions is a program sponsored by Hospice of San Joaquin, funded through gifts and donations and is free of charge to participants.