MemorialCare Hospice & Palliative Services provides services that improve quality of life for those facing death, loss and grief by promoting hope, compassion and comfort.
A department of Saddleback Medical Center, MemorialCare Hospice & Palliative Services includes an interdisciplinary team of physicians, registered nurses, social workers, spiritual care counselors, home health aides and trained volunteers. These professionals provide physical, emotional and spiritual support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each team member plays a unique role in caring for our Hospice patients.
Hospice is a home-centered philosophy that affirms life by making a person's final days meaningful. It focuses on providing palliative care to the terminally ill instead of curative measures. Hospice neither hastens nor promotes death, but eases the transition, comforting both the individual and the family.
Patients with a six-month life expectancy are admitted to the hospice program regardless of age, sex, religion or disease. Service is also available to individuals with limited resources. For a patient to receive Hospice care, the attending physician—who continues to supervise care—must order the service.
Hospice services may be discontinued if a patient’s condition improves so that their prognosis is extended beyond six months. Discontinuance of Hospice care would also be appropriate if a patient chooses to pursue curative therapy.
We accept Medicare and Medi-Cal (as payment in full); private insurance (coverage varies)/ HMOs and PPOs; and private pay. The Saddleback Memorial Foundation also provides funds for qualifying patients who meet financial criteria.
Our Hospice program has many volunteer opportunities in the Orange County area. We are always looking for volunteers that can provide companion visits, provide hair cutting services, pet therapy services, play music and more! Our volunteers build close relationships with our Hospice patients and are an integral part of the care. To be considered for a Hospice volunteer position you must meet the following criteria:
For more information about Hospice volunteer opportunities, please contact us at (949) 452-3000.
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