Choosing Hospice

To choose Aria Hospice care, the patient or family must become aware of the major differences between Aria Hospice and other care alternatives for the terminally ill. Which are the following:

  1. Aria Hospice provides central case management and continuity across both home and inpatient care settings.
  2. Aria Hospice utilizes an interdisciplinary team model of care with regular meetings and participation of all providers involved in the care. The Aria Hospice team is involved in all aspects of care planning and revisions, direct care, and monitoring. The Aria team works very closely with our patients and families to provide care tailored to their needs.
  3. Aria Hospice offers additional services not traditionally offered. These include the utilization of volunteers in both direct service and support capacities; bereavement follow-up for 13 months after the patient’s death; spiritual care; more integral involvement with the patient’s personal physician; medical direction and consultation for the attending physicians; as well as offering broader services in the more traditional categories (e.g. longer nursing visits; continuous care capability; respite care, etc.)
  4. Aria Hospice focuses on both the family and the patient as the unit of care.
  5. Aria Hospice makes its services available on a 24 hour, 7 days a week basis. This includes nursing and physician contact with visit capability; prescription drugs and biologicals; medical supplies and equipment; and inpatient admission capability. In addition, off-hours on-call staff are familiar with the patients and care plans, can coordinate closely with other members of the hospice interdisciplinary team, and can establish procedures for communication and reporting.
  6. Aria Hospice offers inpatient care components in which care is directed, managed and coordinated by Aria Hospice personnel.
  7. Aria Hospice interdisciplinary team members are specially trained in palliative care techniques and intervention with terminally ill patients and their families. Hospice team members also receive special supervision and internal support programs geared towards alleviating the unique stresses inherent in work with the dying.
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Is Hospice Care the Right Choice?

Aria Hospice can provide the care, support and encouragement patients and their families need to traverse the path of an end of life process.  Our clinical staff of physicians, nurses, home health aides, volunteers and social workers provide the clinical care a patient needs.  However we recognize the end of life path is also an emotional and spiritual path and if patients and family so choose, we provide spiritual support to fit your individual beliefs.

The Aria Hospice physician, or a patients own physician, oversees the daily care of a patient in the home or in a long term care facility.  Our team of doctors, nurses, home health aides, volunteers and social workers provide care to Aria patients.  Some instances require short term in-patient hospice care.  In these situations Aria Hospice partners with in-patient hospice bed facilities to provide what is needed when necessary.  Aria hospice brings medical equipment to your home such as hospital beds, oxygen, supplies and medications.

There are many options for hospice services and choosing the right one is important. Whether deciding for yourself or a loved one, learning what services are offered at each hospice is important

  • How does the hospice ensure comfort for the patient?
  • Is the hospice accredited by The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Facilities?
  • Does the hospice have a reputation for integrity and quality service?
  • What special services are offered (e.g. massage therapy, Veteran’s care)?
  • What bereavement support does the hospice offer?
  • How does the hospice offer financial support?

Why Choose Aria Hospice?

The goal of Aria Hospice is to serve as a resource to the counties of San Diego and Imperial, while providing compassionate end of life care to patients and their families.

  • Aria Hospice care relieves pain and physical discomfort so that the patient can better fulfill their emotional and spiritual wishes.
  • Aria Hospice care takes place in the comfort of one’s own home.
  • Beyond the patient, Aria Hospice cares for the circle of family and friends to help them support the patient’s wishes and adjust to their own grief and loss.
  • Aria Hospice bereavement care continues for 13 months after the patient’s death.

We Listen. We Care. We Serve.

When you are faced with the challenge of finding a hospice provider to help care for the emotional and physical well being of someone you love, maybe your mom or dad, you will be faced with many questions.

Making the decision about hospice care for a loved one is never easy, but finding the right answers can help you feel more comfortable with the options available and confident in your final decision.

Aria Hospice operates hospice care programs throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties in Southern California. We pride ourselves on being one of the areas leading providers of end-of-life care.


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Anyone diagnosed with a limited life expectancy can receive Aria Hospice care.

Once a physician certifies that an illness is terminal, (a life expectancy of six months or less), they will collaborate with the Aria Hospice team for services, tailored to the needs and wishes of the patient.

Many patients have cancer, but Aria Hospice cares for individuals with many other life-limiting illness, including heart and lung disease, kidney disease, neurological disorders, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Family and friends also receive the benefit of hospice care, to help them support the patient and adapt to changes in their lives.

Many people mistakenly believe that all hospice patients are bed-bound, critically ill, and unable to continue living life to the fullest. Hospice celebrates life and supports you in achieving your individual needs in this chapter of your life.

Contact our Admission Coordinator at Aria Hospice in San Diego County or Imperial County with any questions you may have about hospice care or eligibility.

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After receiving a diagnosis for limited life expectancy, patients must make an important choice about goals for their treatment.

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When a physician determines that there is no curative treatment for a particular illness, the treatment is not helping any longer or you decide that the side effects of treatment are too great, you may consider choosing comfort care as your ultimate goal.

Aggressive medical treatment focuses on curing the physical illness rather than satisfying the patient’s emotional and spiritual needs. It often requires intensive care in a clinical setting that can diminish quality of life. Hospice care has the focus of comfort, by relieving pain and other symptoms, while continuing to address emotional and spiritual needs of both the patient and family.

Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but relieves pain and physical discomfort so that the patient can experience a more peaceful and satisfying quality of life. At Aria Hospice, care is designed to primarily take place in the home or place of residence. Many families tell us that they waited too long to take full advantage of all the benefits offered by hospice care.


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We are one of Southern California’s premier providers of end-of-life care. Click the button below to Request Information or call (619) 795-6010 to learn how hospice care can help.