Our Transitions program works to ‘make life a little easier’ for individuals facing advancing chronic or life limiting illness.  It is a professionally managed, volunteer based community service program designed to help individuals navigate the physical, emotional and social challenges often occurring with serious illness.  Transitions services include practical assistance, support and information- no hands on nursing care is provided.  Transitions services are offered at no cost to community residents and their families.

Who qualifies for Transitions services?

Residents of San Joaquin County or neighboring communities serviced by Hospice of San Joaquin and are 18 years of age who are:

  • Diagnosed with advancing chronic or life limiting illness and are under the care of their physician
  • Pursuing curative or palliative treatment
  • Not yet ready to make a decision for hospice care

What services are provided?

Companionship- Socialization
Illness can be isolating for both the person experiencing it and their family members. Our program provides visits to home or facility and/or bi-weekly calls, emotional and spiritual support and breaks for family and caregivers (respite care).

Help understanding the disease process
Life altering diagnoses often leave a person with more questions than answers. We can help you find answers and make a plan of action with disease information and clarification of goals for care, advance healthcare directive and/or POLST form information, guidance in discussing health concerns with care providers or family members and information on community resources.

Practical and complementary assistance
Assistance with everyday life needs. We can help with errands, reading and writing correspondence support or household organization assistance. We can also provide pet companionship from members of our pet therapy team.


How to access service?

Anyone may utilize Hospice of San Joaquin’s Transitions Program. Participants or their designee need to understand the terms of the program and be able to provide authorization for services.  A member of the Transitions team will perform an initial assessment and a service plan will be developed.  A referral to other resources may be offered - at any time - if a higher level of care is required.

For referral information or questions, please call Hospice of San Joaquin's Transitions Department (209) 957-3888 or to view our downloadable PDF, please click here.

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Participant or family information is maintained in the strictest confidence according to Hospice of San Joaquin HIPAA privacy practices.

Transitions Participants are not obligated to go to Hospice of San Joaquin