• We focus on clinic hospice care, routine, in-patient continuous care and respite care.
  • We focus on the patient, not the diagnosis.
  • We are available 24 hours a day and on-call seven days a week.
  • We provide an interdisciplinary team approach to assist in providing quality, holistic care.
  • We focus on making the patient comfortable and control of the patient'symptoms.
  • We provide patient education and self-management skills.
  • We encourage the patient to control their own health care.
  • We provide respite care to assist both the patient and their family members.
  • We provide spiritual care, support and counseling.
  • We provide quality volunteer services.
  • We provide bereavement support to family members for up to 12 months.

 Guidelines For Hospice Referral

- End-stage renal failure or disease
- End-stage liver disease
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Cancer
- Leukemia
- End-stage cardiac disease
- End-stage pulmonary disease
- Oxygen dependency
- Advance AIDS
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- End-stage Sickle Cell Disease

Able to carry on normal activity and to work; no special care needed.


Normal; no complains; no disease.


Able to carry on normal activity; minor signs or symptoms of disease.


Able to carry on normal activity; minor signs or symptoms of disease.

Unable to work; able to live at home and care for most personal needs; varying amounts of assistance needed.


Cares for self; unable to carry on normal activity or to do active work.


Requires occasional assistance, but is able to core for most of his personal needs.


Requires considerable assistance and frequent medical care.

Unable to care for self; requires equivalent of institutional or hospital care; disease may be progressing rapidly.


Disabled; requires special care and assistance.


Severely disabled; hospital admission is indicated although death not imminent.


Very sick; hospital admission necessary; active supportive treatment necessary.


Moribund; fatal process progressing rapidly.



Common Symptoms in End-of-Life Care

How to provide comfort
Drowsiness Plan visits and activities for times when the patient is most alert.
Becoming unresponsive Many patients are still able to hear after they are no longer able to speak, so talk as if he or she can hear.
Confusion about time, place, identity of loved ones Speak calmly to help re-orient the patient. Gently remind the patient of the time, date, and people who are with them.
Loss of appetite, decreased need for food and fluids Let the patient choose if and when to eat or drink. Ice chips, water, or juice may be refreshing if the patient can swallow. Keep the patient's mouth and lips moist with products such as glycerin swabs and lip balm.
Loss of bladder or bowel control Keep the patient as clean, dry, and comfortable as possible. Place disposable pads on the bed beneath the patient and remove them when they become soiled.
Skin becoming cool to the touch Warm the patient with blankets but avoid electric blankets or heating pads, which can cause burns.
Labored, irregular, shallow, or noisy breathing Breathing may be easier if the patient's body is turned to the side and pillows are placed beneath the head and behind the back. A cool mist humidifier may also help.
Source: National Cancer Institute

Nondiscrimination policy

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations, Alta Care Hospice will directly or through contractual or other arrangement, admit and treat all persons without regard to race, color, or place of national origin, in its provisions of services and benefits, including assignments or transfers within facilities.

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementing regulations, Alta Care Hospice will not, directly or through contractual or other arrangement, discriminate on the basis of disability (mental or physical or communicable diseases) in admissions, access, treatment or employment. The Executive Director/Administrator has been designated as the coordinator for implementation of this policy.

In accordance with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and its implementing regulations, Alta Care Hospice will not, directly or through contractual or other arrangements, discriminate on the basis Of age in the provision of services unless age is a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any statutory objective.

In accordance with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Alta Care Hospice will not, on the basis Of disability, exclude or deny a qualified individual with a disability from participation in or benefits of the services, programs or activities of the organization.

In accordance with other agency guidelines, Alta Care Hospice will not, on the basis of religion, gender, or sexual orientation, discriminate against any person.

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Northridge, CA 91324




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