Fairfield, CA 94534
Hospice care elevates the quality of life, by relieving pain and symptoms, and providing compassionate support. Hospice is a special philosophy and method of caring for patients and families facing advancing stages of life-limiting illness. With an emphasis on caring for individuals rather than curing a disease, hospice care maintains a patient's comfort while tending to needs of families and friends. The hospice team addresses emotional needs with education and counseling, respite services, spiritual and bereavement support.
Hospice care is about living, not dying -- living in comfort and dignity, without pain and other physical symptoms, and with support of family and friends. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death, but regards dying as a normal process. NorthBay Hospice care is patient and family centered. The team is dedicated to understanding what makes each individual's final months and weeks of life most meaningful, and working with the patient and family to help achieve that goal.
A professional, multi-disciplinary team works in collaboration with the patient’s primary care doctor, stressing human values that go beyond the physical needs. The team includes the medical director, Terrell Van Aken, MD, nurses, home health aids, medical social workers, chaplain and volunteers.
Provide unbiased, individual spiritual and emotional support, regardless of belief system or religious affiliation. The focus of support may be an individual’s relationships with loved ones, or with a higher power, making sense of one’s past, or anticipation of what may lie beyond this life.
Grief is a normal and natural response to loss, and Hospice is available to help families and friends heal through the grieving process. The bereavement program offers many services:
Individual counseling with bereavement professional or specially trained volunteers
Free support groups are offered for children, teens and adults. Anyone in our community grieving the death of someone important in their life can participate in these groups. Group facilitators help participants find ways they can cope with their grief. These programs of bereavement support and counseling are offered at no charge and provide a place to share with others who have also suffered the loss of a loved one. The groups are offered as a community service. No prior association with NorthBay Hospice is required, and there is no fee.
Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The group is ongoing with occasional breaks. Participants are welcome to join the group at any time during the sessions.
Call (707) 646-3517 to confirm session dates. Adult group meets at Center for Primary Care, at 2458 Hilborn Road in Fairfield.
Meetings start with a brief educational introduction, allowing time for participants to share experiences. Those attending are in all stages of grief, and gain understanding and support from each other as well as from counselors.
Counselors help children and teens find appropriate ways to express their feelings through art, music, writing and group discussion.
Groups are held in a series of 8 sessions. Pre-enrollment and parent orientation required. Teen and Young Adult group is recommended for ages 15 to 20.Middle School support group is recommended for ages 11 to 14Children’s group is recommended for ages 5 to 10.
NorthBay Hospice counselors have formed support groups at local schools to help students cope with deaths in their community. Specialized counseling is also available to local organizations and businesses.
For more information about how NorthBay Hospice can help, call Veronica Wertz, Hospice Volunteer and Bereavement Coordinator at (707) 646-3517.
As a Hospice Volunteer, you become a vital member on the professional team who care for the terminally ill and provide support to their loved ones in their homes. Our volunteer program offers opportunities in patient care and in the community.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact
Veronica Wertz, Hospice Volunteer/Bereavement Coordinator: email@example.com (707) 646-3517
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal, TriCare and most private insurance carriers. The policy of NorthBay Hospice is to make hospice services available to all who need them, regardless of medical insurance coverage. Charitable contributions to NorthBay Hospice help support availability of services.
When is the Right Time to Consider Hospice?
Hospice care may be requested as soon as a patient decides to end curative care. Even before the final decision is made, a consultation with hospice may be helpful. All too often, referrals are made to Hospice at the very end of a terminal illness, leaving staff unable to address all the needs of the patient and family. When the hospice team is able to assist early with the transition, patients and families are more comforted.
A referral to hospice care does not always mean death is imminent. With attentive care, comfort and peace of mind that comes with addressing end of life decisions, some patients rebound physically as well as mentally. Hospice care can be temporarily or permanently discontinued and curative measures reinstated if a patient improves.
How do I start using Hospice?
Hospice care is available for patients who are medically certified as having a life expectancy of approximately six months or less. Patients may receive a referral for hospice care from their primary care physician or any specialist who can make that diagnosis.
Although private and public insurance pays for part of the cost of hospice care, donations from individuals and business support availability of services in our community. No one is turned away for lack of insurance, and families are not billed by NorthBay Hospice. Contributions ensure a complete hospice program is available to all who need it. Gifts of any size are welcome and tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Call (707) 646-3131Donations can be mailed to: NorthBay Healthcare Foundation4500 Business Center Drive,
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