Hospice of the North Coast expects each registered nurse serving in a hospice role to be hospice-certified. Each staff member should have the training and accreditation required to play such a vital role in an individual’s end-of-life care. The availability of differing therapeutic programs and volunteers can also vary widely from one hospice provider to another. Before you make a final decision with regard to Hospice care for a loved one, make sure you review literature, ask every question you have, and verify the experience and reputation of the Hospice care team you are researching.
When pain becomes too strong or symptoms become too severe for everyday hospice management in the home, Pacific House opens its doors to patients and their families. It is the only short-term, in-patient care facility in northern San Diego County. It was designed with the comfort of hospice patients and their families in mind. The goal is to get a handle on severe pain and/or symptoms so that patients and their families are then able to return home. In the interim, Pacifica House provides a warm and nurturing home-like environment for both patient and family members during their stay.
Pathways Palliative Care Program
Palliative care is designed to consider the “whole” person, not just their illness or symptom management. It also plots a course to provide assistance with emotional and spiritual needs, as well as physical needs. Counseling, family support, and emotional support are offered, as well as education about how best to cope with the diagnosis of a terminal illness. The Pathways Palliative Care Program is specific to Hospice of the North Coast and is a much-needed resource for patients and their families.
Hope Bereavement Center
The grieving process is a natural and highly personal journey. The Hope Bereavement Center at Hospice of the North Coast offers a trained bereavement counselor to provide support on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting. Helpful therapies can include:
• Solution-Focused Therapy
• Expressive Arts Therapy
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
• Client-Centered Therapy
• EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Psychotherapy
• The “Remember Me Bear” program
Another difference in care with Hospice of the North Coast is that we serve a small and well-defined area in northern San Diego County. Due to the smaller size of our service area, we are able to provide a more personalized and individualized focus and react to situations in a quicker timeframe.