Hospice is a special way of caring for people with life limiting illnesses. Hospice provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families and manages symptoms such as pain and nausea. The goal is not to cure, but to care—to help improve the quality of everyday life for patients and their loved ones. Hospice helps patients live as fully and comfortably as possible, while providing support for the entire family.
Hospice care is provided by a team of healthcare professionals and trained volunteers. Care is focused on honoring patients’ wishes and ensuring their personal dignity. Hospice care is provided where the patient lives, whether at home or in a care facility.
Hospice nurses are experts in pain and symptom management. In addition to the hands-on care they provide, they teach family members what they need to know about caring for a loved one at home. Nurses are available by telephone 24 hours a day and can make visits after office hours when needed. Other team members include a social worker, home health aide, volunteer, and chaplain. Hospice care also includes bereavement follow-up to support loved ones.
The Hayward Hospice Program provides services to Kaiser Permanente members who reside in the Greater Southern Alameda Area, including the cities of: San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Hayward, Union City, Newark, and Fremont.
If you are interested in hospice care for yourself or a loved one, please talk to your physician.
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.