About Aria Hospice

Our commitment is to provide the best comprehensive, compassionate and individualized care for Patients, their families and caregivers who live in the counties of San Diego and Imperial. We also provide special individualized services honoring those who served through our No- Veteran-Dies-Alone-Program.

hospice care san diego countyAria Hospice was founded in 2013 by Luis Velasquez, a disabled-veteran and his wife, Teresa Starrs, with the goal to provide the best care to their patients by easing the physical, emotional and spiritual pain associated with illness. Both Luis and Teresa as well as the entire Aria Team is dedicated to assisting and supporting families and caregivers along the path of caring for their loved-ones.

Aria Hospice services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through our caring team that includes physicians, hospice nurses, certified home health aides, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors, therapists, trained hospice massage therapists and volunteers.

We are a Medicare and Medi-Cal licensed provider and accept all insurance plans. In addition, we have partnered with Molina Healthcare to provide palliative care to those patients that need palliative comfort care in their homes. Medicare, Medi-Cal and all health insurance providers provide 100% of coverage for all care related to terminal illness. We also assist our patients if they wish to continue to see their primary care provider for those illnesses not related to their hospice care diagnosis.

What Makes Aria Hospice Different From Other Hospices?

Our values of Honesty, Integrity, Compassion, Respect and Team Work are reflective of our spirit of caring.  We believe that it is a privilege to be accepted into our patients’ homes and we are committed to support every individual in the patients’ family. It is our mission to provide exceptional care to each patient under our care.  We focus on making a positive difference every day to support you in creating memorable moments that will enrich your daily life.  We also provide pro-bono  hospice care on a case by case basis.

Aria Hospice takes pride in being Joint Commission Accredited. Joint Commission accreditation lets you know that we are committed to providing services that exceed quality and compliance standards. In 1980 The Joint Commission was tasked to develop hospice standards and to this day The Joint Commission remains the most recognized accreditation program in setting the premier hospice standards of practice in the United States and international community.

 We Bring Hospice to you in your home, wherever home may be.

Aria Hospice comes to you in your home, wherever you live. Home is where our patients feel loved and secure.  Home can be wherever a patient resides, be it an assisted living facility, a nursing home or in a loved ones own home. Based on the patients individual needs, we bring compassionate and reliable professional care to you, wherever you live.

Aria Hospice is dedicated to the comfort and well-being of our patients. We work as a team under the direction of the patients attending physician in order to honor the wishes and needs of our patients and their loved ones.  Patients are free to designate their own doctor as their attending physician or they may choose to have our Medical Director coordinate their care.  Aria Hospice provides therapies and services to insure each patient’s care is focused on comfort and relief from symptoms.

Additionally, Aria Hospice is here to respond to the individual needs and desires of the patient together with family, friends, caregivers and spiritual advisors to provide emotional support for the patient and family.   Aria Hospice assists patients and their loved ones in living every day to the fullest through emotional, compassionate, and spiritual support.  Our goal to help our patients find comfort, peace and dignity while living with a terminal illness.

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 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.