What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care is a way to provide quality and compassionate palliative care with emphasis on preserving the dignity of patients in the comfort of their homes with the loving company of family members or in-home care facilities.

What can Hospice do for you?

Hospice offers aggressive palliative and comfort care to patients to alleviate their suffering under the supervision of physicians assisted by the Hospice interdisciplinary team.

Who is Hospice eligible?

  1. The patient has to have limited life expectancy.
  2. Curative measures have ended and the focus is now physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort.
  3. The patient’s physician authorizes hospice. Any individual with a terminal diagnosis is eligible for hospice.

Who pays for Hospice Care?

  • Hospice is a covered benefit under most private insurance plans including HMO’s and managed care organizations.
  • Hospice is a covered Medicare benefit, and in California, is a MediCal benefit. However, Private Pay Arrangements can be made for those who do not qualify under these programs.

    Medicare covers:

  • Nursing services
  • Medication related to diagnosis
  • Bereavement services
  • In-patient services
  • Durable medical equipment
  • Disposable medical supplies

    Services for Families:

  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Short-respite care
  • Bereavement Support


Help guide the patient and their loved ones by providing holistic treatment through the entire end-of-life experience by promoting independence, comfort, dignity and compassion.


Provide an individualized program of physical, emotional, spiritual and practical care for people in the last phase of a life-limiting illness.


Help the patient and the entire family to achieve as much comfort as possible, not only providing the best care possible but by guiding them through the entire end of life process.

CalCare Hospice Team:

Our Care Giving Team consist of concerned, highly skilled professionals delivering competent, compassionate care and committed to our patient and families with excellence.

Physician Services

Works as part of the Hospice Team and remains as the patient’s primary physician.

Medical Director

Leads the Hospice Team in developing a plan of care for the patient. Certifies prognosis of attending physician and provides consultations to physician.

Registered Skilled Nurse

Schedules regular visits and evaluates patient’s condition, coordinates plan of care and teaches the family about proper care, use of medication and pain management.

Medical Social Workers

Provide counseling and assesses social service needs of the patient and family. Assist in coping with anxiety, fear, stress, family conflicts, financial needs, depression and concerns about death.

Certified Home Health Aide

Provide routine, personal health care, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming patients on scheduled times.

Spiritual Counselors & Bereavement Program

We have a non-denominational Chaplain who initially contacts each patient and family to assess and provide spiritual needs. Serves as liaison to the clergy of their choice and provides assistance with funeral memorial preparations.


Conduct non-medical, friendly visits, provide emotional support, encouragement and respite to patients and their families.

Therapy Services

Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Podiatrist and Registered Dietitian, shall be provided if necessary.

Counties covered:

  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Alameda
  • Santa Clara
  • Marin Counties
  • San Francisco
  • San Mateo
  • Alameda
  • Santa Clara
  • Marin Counties