Hospice


 

Buena Vista Hospice Care is dedicated to administering the highest quality hospice care while encompassing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their families.

The Hospice Choice

Hospice is not a place; it is a medical home care approach, encompassing the special needs of those who have a life limiting illness or condition. Hospice care is the choice when the goal is comfort, rather than cure. Hospice provides for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of every patient. It also includes support for the families and the caregivers of the terminally ill patients.

Buena Vista is dedicated to providing comfort and quality of life for as long as possible

 

What is hospice?

Hospice is a philosophy of care which concentrates on the palliation (reduction or alleviation) of a terminally ill patient’s symptoms. Palliative care offers relief of pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. It also provides calming and soothing treatment for emotional, spiritual and mental symptoms.

The idea of hospice began during the 11th century. Then, and for centuries thereafter, hospices were places of hospitality for the sick, wounded, or dying, as well as for travelers and pilgrims. Many of the foundational values by which contemporary hospice services operate, however, were established in the 1950s.

Today’s hospices incorporate palliative (comfort) care for the terminally ill. The service is provided in private homes, residential care communities and skilled nursing facilities.

Can Hospice Make a Difference?

Hospice care can dramatically and positively impact quality of life. Buena Vista’s clinical staff members are experts in pain control and other symptom management as well as emotional and spiritual care. They are committed to the support and education of the patients and caregivers. They empower patients and their families to facilitate the various end-of-life choices such as: care-giving resources, saying goodbyes, healing relationships, and spiritual considerations.

Services

  • Physician - Medical Director: Works in conjunction with the patient’s own physician and makes home visits as needed. Our Medical Director is board certified in palliative care.
  • Skilled Nurses: Trained specifically to work with pain and other symptom management. Nursing staff is available 24 hours a day.
  • Medical Social Workers: Specially trained in end-of-life issues, resource management, and emotional support.
  • Chaplains: Provide emotional and spiritual support as needed.
  • Volunteers: Provide assistance and loving care through visits, letter-writing, reading, shopping, friendship, pet visits, plant watering, and more.
  • Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA’s): Their role is designed to provide assistance with personal hygiene.
  • Medications Related to Hospice Diagnosis & Medical Equipment: Provided along with other supplies at no additional cost to the patient.
  • Wide Variety of Stress Management Techniques: Complementary services such as Music Therapy, Massage Therapy, Guided Imagery, Aromatherapy, Reiki, Pet Therapy, and Flower Essence Therapy are included when appropriate.

Who Pays for Hospice Care?

  • Medicare
  • Medi-Cal
  • Private Insurance

*For more information on our hospice services click here.


bereavement

 

Buena Vista Hospice Care offers bereavement services as needed and requested by family members for up to 13 months. This might include calls, visits, mailings, bereavement groups or referrals to outside agencies and community grief specialists.

Buena Vista hosts an annual Butterfly Remembrance Ceremony every year. We welcome hundreds of people to this lovely sacred hour, honoring and remembering those who have passed.


Complementary Therapies

 

Music Therapy

Buena Vista Hospice Care offers families the tools and encouragement to bring music into their hospice experience. CD players and a varied music selection of CDs are provided to patients and families if desired. Our music therapist also provides live musical therapy/entertainment sessions for Board and Care homes and Assisted Living communities where our patients reside.

Referrals are generated from the patient, family, hospice team or physicians. Music therapy intervention is based on a positive needs assessment, preferences, cultural style and receptivity. Providing appropriate music can assist in many ways. For example:

  • As a “Bridge of Sound” during the sacred time of holding vigil and transition into death
  • To promote spiritualconnection
  • To encourage emotional expression for the patient, family members, and friends
  • As comfort care for physical pain, emotional stress, loneliness, and/or spiritual crisis
  • To mask medical equipment noises and create a softer environment in the room
  • As an alternative to television or silence

Gentle and Sensitive Therapeutic Massage and Reiki

“When administered consciously and skillfully, touch has enormous power to ease discomfort, relax the body, calm the mind and lift the spirit. It offers reassurance and support to those who are anxious and troubled. It helps restore a sense of worth and value to those who are frail of body and mind. Medical research has shown that the benefits of massage include pain relief, reduced anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced blood pressure.”

From Dawn Nelson’s book: From the Heart Through the Hands – The Power of Touch in Caregiving

Reiki is pronounced RAYKEY. Rei (ray) means unseen or spiritual and ki (key) means chi/energy or life force. Developed by Mikao Usui in 1922 in Japan, this Energy Therapy is for the treatment of physical, emotional and mental symptoms—providing a sense of calm and well-being.

Memorial Bears

Buena Vista offers memorial bears that are made in remembrance of your loved one. These beautiful bears are cloth, filled and made out of a favorite article of clothing. Families often use a favorite pair of pajamas, robes, shirts and even housedresses. These bears continue to bring smiles to many of our family members. We hope they will do the same for you.

Aromatherapy and Flower Essence Therapy

Aromatherapy is the use of pure essential oils for enhancement of body, mind and spirit. Flower Essence therapy is energetic medicine that uses sublingual drops to treat stress and emotional imbalances.


Butterfly Foundation

The Buena Vista Butterfly Foundation is committed to providing financial gifts to struggling hospice families in need. Expenses at the end of life can be catastrophic.The BV foundation can help by providing financial assistance with expenses related to end of life care. These include, but are not limited to: Care-giving, electric and gas bills, daily living expenses and mortuaries

Make a Donation

Call or email us and one of our care consultants can help you understand your options.

(805) 777-1133