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Discussing Hospice

“Hospice is not giving up on life.”

Inland Valley Hospice

Talking to your loved ones about hospice.

End of life and hospice care can be difficult subjects to talk about. However, it is important for patients and their loved ones to have open communication around the end-of-life journey. Talking about death can enable you and your loved ones to celebrate and cherish every precious moment of life. When discussing hospice and the end of life, it may help to focus on the quality care, compassion and support hospice provides. As the end of life approaches, an open dialogue between patients, loved ones and care providers will maximize the longevity and comfort of the patient’s life. This approach also keeps patients involved in making important decisions regarding their physical, spiritual and emotional care. Family members should understand the wishes of their loved ones. Strong lines of communication can also lead to the early identification of a need for hospice care. In most cases, the earlier a patient is referred to hospice care, the better quality of life the patient will have. Early referrals allow the patient to benefit from pain and symptom management, living each day to the fullest while the family benefits from team support and guidance that will allow them to find meaning and a sense of accomplishment as caregivers.


Hospice provides visiting nurses, personal care & other professional care services to people in their own home, nursing facilities, and residential care settings


Hospice is an alternative type of medical care for people facing a terminal illness or the natural end of their life. The goal of hospice is to help people live out their days with dignity & self determination rather than an ongoing series of futile medical procedures or repeated trips to the hospital.


A hospice RN is on call after business hours, nights, weekends and holidays, to answer questions and see patients.


Hospice can assist patients and families in filling out an Advanced Care Directive so that the patient’s end of life care decisions are respected and carried out.


Hospice provides counseling and emotional support to both the patient and the family who are facing end of life issues and the stresses and challenges they present.


Hospice will provide bereavement services and grief support groups to the family and friends for a full year after the patient’s death

  • “Thank you for the care and understanding that was shown to my Dad and our family. A memorial bench is up at our cabin, where Mom and Dad may see the sun rise and set. Where good memories are shared."
    Bill Micheales Riverside, CA
  • "The love and care that was demonstrated by all staff was greatly appreciated by the family. He died in your loving care and we are extremely grateful for that. You do wonderful work...and we are proud to help you to carry it out."
    Graham Staples Victorville, Ca