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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is a philosophy of caring that assists those nearing the end of life and in need of refuge. It is a system of caring designed to restore dignity and provide a sense of personal fulfillment to the dying.

The focus is on the patient and the family rather than the disease; the goal is to improve the quality of life that remains.

Hospice searches for meaningful treatment of terminally ill patients and their families by uniting contemporary science with sensitive caring. In short, the goal of all hospice care is the relief of symptoms in order to promote comfort and improve a patient’s quality of life.

What Hospice Provides

Outstanding Nursing Care: Our nurses  visit our patients 2-3 times/week, on average. This exceeds the Hospice Medicare requirements because we believe our patients deserve more. Every patient’s needs and plan of care are unique and can change quickly.

On Call Nurses: We have nurses available to assist you with your needs 24 hours/day, 365 days a year. You can be sure that we want you to call us without hesitation. One of our nurses will give you guidance over the phone and come to you when you need us.

Excellent Medical Directors: Christine Estrada, DO, MPH, MBA serves as the Medical Director of Prime Care Hospice. She is board certified in family medicine with a certificate of added qualification in hospice and palliative medicine. She has been practicing palliative medicine as a subspecialist for the last 7 years in all settings (hospital, office, and home setting).

Dr. Estrada was awarded a faculty scholarship for the 2007-2008 Palliative Care Education and Practice (PCEP) Program at Harvard Medical School. In 2008, she attended the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) Hospice Medical Director Course, and she currently sits on the AAHPM’s Fellowship Grant Task Force, a national committee that awards funding for fellowship positions through various award programs.

All Inclusive Support: Our Social Workers, Bereavement Coordinator, and Spiritual Coordinator provide emotional, spiritual, and program support. Facing end of life raises many issues for patients and family. Our team will create a support system and provide expertise that will help the patient and family through this important time of life.

Certified Volunteers: Whether you are a patient, family member, or caregiver you do not need to be alone. We have a wonderful team of volunteers that go through 24 hours of training to become Certified Hospice Volunteers. Our volunteers are available to patients to provide support and companionship to patients and families. Our volunteers are also able to run errands.