Hospice Care

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Hospice recommendation? Feb 17, 2020 (6 responses below)
Hospice recommendations please Jul 12, 2018 (4 responses below)
  • Hospice recommendation?

    (6 replies)

       If you have had experience with a Hospice group serving Contra Costa (specifically Richmond) can you please let me know.  A friend of a friend is in need== ASAP.

       When my friend was dying in Oakland, we found Pathways Oakland to be incredible!  (The nurse Josh Hays was kind, precise and wonderful) But the Oakland office doesn't serve Richmond.  Someone recommended Hospice of the East Bay, but on "yelp" they have some troubling reports posted.  --- 

        So the search continues.

    Thank you so much!

    RE: Hospice recommendation? ()

    Have you asked Pathways Oakland for a recommendation of a group serving the Richmond area? 

    RE: Hospice recommendation? ()

    Sutter Care at Home hospice was great.  We loved that we didn't need to take our loved one anywhere and also, when we needed daily nurses, they provided.   Some agencies will not send a nurse daily, only caregivers.   We also hired caregivers for help off of care.com.  But Sutter home hospice was very compassionate.

    RE: Hospice recommendation? ()

    I'm so sorry you are finding yourself in this situation. I have been a hospice nurse since 2009 and if your friend is eligible for Medicare or Medi-cal hospice is 100% covered and you have a choice to go to any hospice you choose. Most private insurances also cover hospice at close to 100% of cost. For hospice you have a choice of indpendent non profits like Hospice of the East Bay, for profit hospices like Pathway, Vitas, Kindred etc and health system hospices like Kaiser and Sutter. I worked for Hospice of the East Bay and sadly as an employee I found them to be a poor employer with very unsupportive management. For profit hospices are shady, more concerned about turning a profit and stretch their staff. I personally work for a health system hospice and would aim to go for one of those. Best wishes during this time.

  • Hospice recommendations please

    (4 replies)

    Seeking recommendations for responsive hospice care provider in East Bay for elderly relative living at home.  Any suggestions (or warnings) much appreciated.

    RE: Hospice recommendations please ()

    I can recommend Kindred Hospice. I've been using them for my mother who lives in assisted living. I've also heard recommendations for Vitas, but I was turned off by my initial meeting with them. 

    RE: Hospice recommendations please ()

    I am a volunteer with Continuum Care and feel very good about them, I have no idea how you get set up with them tho. 

    RE: Hospice recommendations please ()

    For hospice it is Medicare so you can choose wherever. Stick to non profits, for profit hospices like vitas are awful to their employees and their heart is not in the right place.
    -hospice RN