WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHO QUALIFIES FOR HOSPICE CARE?
Hospice services are available to people of all ages who have a life-threatening illness and can no longer benefit from curative treatment. If you have been informed by a physician of limited life expectancy and experience the following, speak to your doctor to determine if hospice care is appropriate:
- The majority of your day spent in a bed or chair
- Require assistance with two or more of these tasks: getting out of bed, bathing, walking, eating or dressing
- Noticeable shortness of breath, even at rest
- Unexplained or dramatic weight loss
- Multiple hospital visits/stays
- Pain that is poorly controlled
WHO PROVIDES THE CARE?
Hospice services are delivered by a team of professionals and trained volunteers who provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to patients, their family members and caregivers. The Companion Hospice interdisciplinary team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, home health aides, homemakers, bereavement counselors, and volunteers. The nursing team is available 24/7 and can dispatch a hospice team member to go to the patient’s bedside day or night. We provide home delivered medical equipment, medical supplies and medications for pain and symptom management.
HOW IS HOSPICE CARE COVERED?
Medicare, Medi-Cal( or MediCaid) and most private insurances cover hospice services. Please call our admissions office to discuss any questions you may have about coverage.
IS THERE CARE FOR THE PATIENT’S FAMILY?
The impact of a serious illness affects the entire family. Our team supports and provide instructions to the patient’s family so they are equipped to care. Our Bereavement Care team helps family members cope with grief throughout the challenging first year following a loss.
- To provide comfort, compassion and extraordinary care to patients and families experiencing a life-limiting illness
- To empower and comfort patients and their families physically, emotionally and spiritually in order to retain their dignity and integrity
- To honor patient’s wishes in regards to their final phase of life
…Let us be an extension of your family…
A family owned and operated company, Companion Health Group provides a continuum of health care services giving patients and their families distinct options to choose from as they select the level of care they require. Companion’s offerings range from customized home health careservices to palliative caredesigned to manage pain and symptoms for those suffering from a serious illness to hospice carethat improves the quality of life when the end is near. A patient may be appropriate for one, or all, of these services at different points in their life.
Based and founded in Orange County, Companion now operates throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside County, as well as in Arizona and Texas. Each office operates with an independent on-site management team. For 25 years, Companion has been dedicated to making each patient’s journey filled with comfort, compassion and extraordinary care.
HISTORY OF COMPANION
In 1991, Michael Uranga saw firsthand the state of post-acute healthcare and was inspired to change what palliative care looks like. A licensed nursing home administrator, Uranga knew there was a serious need in home health and hospice care, not only for quality clinical care, but also care delivered with honesty and compassion. Partnering with select nursing staff, he founded Companion Home Health and Hospice in 1994.
Uranga and his small staff started the business out of a trailer in Orange, Calif., with only three desks and one computer. Sharing Uranga’s vision, a few special individuals built the foundation of what Companion Home Health and Hospice is today. With many of the pioneers still working to fulfill the company’s original principles, Companion today has a footprint spanning three states with employees that still honor and carry forward the 25+ year legacy of specialized patient-centered care.