a program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home
Caring for a family member with an end-of-life illness is one of life's greatest challenges.
Hospice care developed in the 1970’s, in recognition of the unique needs of patients who chose to be home with their loved ones when hospitalization was no longer expected to cure their illness.
While it has grown to embrace the needs of both patients and their families, the mission of today’s hospice is still centered on enabling a patient to spend the last stages of life in a loving environment, comforted by friends and family, and free from pain.
Established in 2001, Skirball Hospice provides comfort care to adults and their families throughout the Greater Los Angeles area, allowing a patient to remain in their current living environment, with family, friends, and pets.
The Jewish Home's acclaimed Skirball Hospice provides high-quality sensitive care to adults in the community or residential or nursing facilities regardless of faith, ethnicity or culture. Fully-licensed and Medicare certified, Skirball Hospice is staffed by an interdisciplinary team of compassionate professionals and volunteers.
Pain medication, equipment, and bathing services are included at no cost through Medicare or Medi-Cal. Most private health plans also include hospice provisions.
Participation in hospice care is voluntary, with the stipulation that the patient agrees to receive comfort care only, rather than electing for curative measures or hospitalization. The process begins with a physician's referral, which a patient or family may request.
Hospice patients may continue to live at home or receive treatment at a residential or nursing facility, depending on the availability of appropriate caregivers. After the development of an appropriate plan of care with patient and family, Skirball Hospice provides all necessary services, supplies, and equipment.
Skirball Hospice staff members work as an integrated, interdisciplinary team
consisting of a medical director, primary physician, nurse case manager, home health
aide, social worker, spiritual counselor, dietician, bereavement coordinator, and
trained volunteers. Click here for a Volunteer Form.
To find answers to any questions you may have about Skirball Hospice, please contact us toll-free at 877.774.3040 or by e-mail at SkirballHospice@jha.org.