Who Can Receive Hospice Care?

Eligibility for Hospice Care

Aria Hospice can provide care to anyone with a diagnosis of a limited life expectancy. A hospice patient can have a limited life expectancy of six months or less if the disease follows its natural course as certified by the hospice physician. When a patient has a life limiting illness, it is entirely the patients choice to choose hospice care or to continue seeking curative treatment.

who can receive hospice care
  • Aria Hospice provides care for patients with cancer and any other terminal illnesses including heart disease, chronic lung disease, kidney disease, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s, and other dementias.
  • Aria Hospice provides care when a patient and family have decided to seek only comfort care or palliative care, and has decided against aggressive curative measures. Hospice provides the support necessary to family and friends in caring for their loved one.
  • The patient must be eligible for any of the following: Medicare Part A, Medi-Cal or any other health insurance. Aria Hospice will accept patients who have none of the above coverage on a case-by-case basis in the counties of San Diego or Imperial.

Once the above criteria has been met, the hospice team completes an in-depth assessment to ensure that all the durable medical equipment such as a hospital bed, oxygen, bed-side commode, and other necessary equipment is immediately available to the patient.

Aria Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death but relieves pain and physical discomfort so that the patient can better fulfill their emotional and spiritual wishes. Aria Hospice care takes place in the 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 death.

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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.

who can receive hospice care


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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