Kaweah Delta Hospice has a highly trained team to offer expert management of symptoms and support when facing a terminal illness. Through this team of RNs, social workers, chaplains, aides, volunteers, 24/7 on-call RN, and bereavement support, the patient/family goals of care will be identified, honored and met. Further information about services can be given over the telephone or through a home informational visit.

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Kaweah Delta Hospice…It’s About Living Well  

Comfort: Assuring peace of mind through expert medical, emotional, spiritual support.  

Kindness:  Offering an exceptional level of care with grace, compassion, sensitivity and hope.  

Dignity: Our patient’s individual needs and wishes are at the heart of everything we do.   

Choice: For patients and their families as they face complex medical illness.  

What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care helps to manage the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of patients facing complex, terminal illnesses.

The goal of hospice care is to ensure that the patient’s physical symptoms are expertly managed so they are comfortable and can focus on other important tasks at the end of life’s journey.  Hospice provides emotional and/or spiritual support for patients and their families/caregivers; helps patients manage the changes in daily living activities caused by their disease progression and provides bereavement support to all involved in the patient’s care. 

Who is on the Hospice Team?
The Hospice Team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers…all with specialized training to help alleviate symptoms and provide support to hospice patients and their families/caregivers. Hospice Team members provide regular visits throughout the week and on-call staff are available to help with after-hours needs.  

Where is Hospice Care Provided?
Hospice care is provided in a patient’s home or wherever a patient calls “home” such skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities and assisted living centers. Hospice understands that being able to remain in one’s familiar surroundings helps patients and their families/caregivers maintain their freedom and independence and protects against loneliness and isolation.  Hospice staff work to nurture and support all people in the patient’s care environment.     

Who pays for Hospice Care?
Most health insurance plans offer some type of hospice care benefit.  Medicare Part A, Medicare HMO, Unrestricted MediCal, and most private insurances cover hospice services.  

Kaweah Delta Hospice bills the patient’s insurance carrier directly for hospice services including:
  • Visits by the Hospice Team
  • Medications related to the hospice diagnosis
  • Medical Equipment & Medical Supplies
  • Bereavement Services
  • Physical, Speech & Occupational Therapy when appropriate    
What Should I Do if I Think I or Someone I Care About Needs Hospice?
 Please call us sooner, rather than later.  Calling is not a commitment, but an opportunity to learn more about the benefits of Kaweah Delta Hospice and how we may be able to help you or your loved one.  We can provide information over the phone and/or come to your home to provide a free assessment and answer your questions.  All you have to say is “I want to talk to someone about hospice” – we’ll take it from there.   

Contact Information:     
Kaweah Delta Hospice                                                          
900 West Oak Ave                                             
Visalia, CA  93291                                           
(559) 733-0642    

Helpful Websites:  
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization www.nhpco.org  
Coalition for Compassionate Care www.cccc.org  
Center to Advance Palliative Care www.capc.org 
Get Palliative Care www.getpallliativecare.org  

  • Advance Directive – a form to give specific direction to physicians, family and caregivers about medical care preferences when one cannot speak for him or herself.     
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