When a cure is no longer an option, Hospice of San Joaquin is there with quality hospice care allowing you to live life to the fullest.  Hospice services include comprehensive and compassionate medical care, counseling and support with state-of-the-art pain control and symptom management.  Our professional staff will help you regain your sense of power and control over everyday choices and decisions.  Simultaneously, your family, significant other and caregivers are supported to ensure best practices in quality care and support.

Hospice Care

Hospice care is the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury.  Hospice care uses a team-oriented approach to expert care —called an interdisciplinary team (IDT) approach.   The IDT team addresses the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual “parts” which compose us all; and addresses those issues causing patients and their families’ pain.  At its very center, is a belief we each have the right to live pain-free until the last day of our life, with our families receiving the necessary support allowing us to do so.

Our “team” consists of the patient’s Primary Care Physician, the hospice Medical Director, RN Case Managers, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Hospice Home Health Aides, Social Workers, Chaplains, and trained Volunteers.  Through this interdisciplinary approach, we will:

  • Provide an informational visit with a nurse prior to admission
  • Manage the patient’s pain and symptoms;
  • Provide necessary comfort medications, medical supplies, and equipment;
  • Assist the patient and family with the emotional, psychosocial and spiritual aspects of dying;
  • Provide education for family and significant others on how to provide care for the patient;
  • Provide bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends.

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Benefits of care

We provide:

  • Hospice nurses, social workers, chaplains, home health aides and volunteer visits to the patient at their residence.
  • An on-call hospice nurse, 24-hours a day.
  • Medications for pain and symptom management related to the terminal illness.
  • Durable medical equipment and supplies.
  • Counseling and spiritual support for the patient and family.
  • Respite care for the caregiver. 
  • Anticipatory grief support for all family, friends and loved ones.

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Hospice Care Eligibility*

All patients with a life-limiting or terminal illness qualify for services if:

  • Their primary care physician certifies a prognosis (or life expectancy) of 6 months or less.
  • They have completed and are no longer receiving curative therapies or treatments.

*Eligibility requirements differ for pediatric hospice care

Where is care provided?

Care may be provided in the home, a skilled nursing facility, residential care home (assisted living facility), or our Hospice House.


What is the cost of care?

Our mission is to provide services to all terminally-ill patients, regardless of ability to pay. Care is generally covered under one of the following: Medicare hospice benefit, Medi-Cal hospice benefit, most insurance plans (HMO/PPO/Private) and other managed care organizations.  Hospice services are never billed to the patient or family, regardless of their insurance status.