At Pleasantville Hospice, we respect and honor the wishes of our patients when designing a compassionate care plan with the goal of relieving discomfort and improving the quality of life for every patient. We achieve this goal by offering a full suite of medical services such as advanced care planning, physical therapy, palliative care, compassionate hospice care and more.
Pleasantville Hospice Services: Palliative Care
We believe hospice services must be capable of responding to the needs and wishes of every patient. Therefore we offer a comprehensive selection of services as outlined below:
Our Promise To You
At Pleasantville Hospice, we respect and honor the wishes of our patients when designing a compassionate care plan with the goal of relieving discomfort and improving the quality of life for every patient. We achieve this goal by offering a full suite of medical services such as palliative care, compassionate hospice care, advanced care planning, physical therapy, and more.
What Is Palliative Care
Although we are a hospice facility, Pleasantville Hospice also offers palliative to our patients. Palliative care is a component of hospice care but can be used as a separate area of medical practice while a patient is receiving treatment. Palliative care can be put into place while the patient is continuing active treatments throughout various phases of their condition. Meaning care can be given when the illness is diagnosed, throughout treatment, during follow-up, and at the end of life. Palliative care also treats emotional, social, practical, and spiritual problems. While receiving palliative care, patients can remain under the care of their regular provider and still receive treatment for their disease. The ultimate goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both outpatients and their families.
Who provides Palliative Care
Any healthcare provider can give palliative care. Although, some providers specialize in it. Palliative care may be provided by:
- A team of doctors
- Nurses and nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Registered assistants
- Registered dieticians
- Social workers
- Massage therapist
Palliative care also may be offered by hospitals, home care agencies, cancer center, and long-term care facilities.
The Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care
Here at Pleasantville Hospice, we offer both compassionate hospice care and palliative care to provide comfort at the beginning and end of your diagnosis and treatments. Both hospice and palliative care provide compassionate care to patients with life-limiting illnesses, which we strive to provide for each patient we encounter.
Palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment Hospice care begins after treatment of the disease is stopped and when it is clear a person is not going to survive the illness. Hospice care is generally offered when the person is expected to live six months or less.
Hospice care is reserved for terminally ill patients when treatment is no longer used during the last six months of life, assuming the disease takes its ordinary course.
Palliative care is paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances will pay for palliative care if the patient meets the criteria.
Hospice care is paid in full by the Medicare Hospice Benefit and Medicaid Hospice Benefit. Most insurances and the Veterans Administration also covers hospice services in whole or with minimal co-pays.
Medicare Hospice Benefit
The Medicare Hospice Benefit will cover any care reasonable for easing the course of a terminal illness. The Medicare Hospice Benefit provides for:
- Physician and nurse practitioner services
- Nurse care
- Medical appliances and supplies
- Medicine for symptom management and pain relief
- Short-term inpatient and respite care
- A homemaker and home health aide services
- Social work service
- Hospice volunteers
- Bereavement services
What Does Palliative Care Address
At Pleasantville Hospice, we understand that serious illnesses affect more than just the body. It touches all areas of an individual’s life as well as the lives of their family members and friends. Palliative care addresses these effects of an individuals life.
This includes symptoms or side effects including, pain, trouble sleeping, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, and nausea.
Physical Care for Our Patients
While most hospices do not offer physical therapy, we believe that physical therapy plays an integral role in supporting the physical and emotional well-being of the patient as it reduces pain and increases mobility. Physical therapist treats common functional disabilities such as deconditioning, pain, imbalance, therapeutic exercises, and localized weakness. We at Pleasantville Hospice understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach to physical therapy and rehabilitation. Functional task addressed by the physical therapist are but are not limited to:
Bed mobility – Rolling, positioning for comfort and pressure relief, bridging (lifting the pelvis off of the bed), amongst other things.
Transfers – Set up ( positioning of the wheelchair in relation to the bed), sit to stand, pivot or slide and stand to sit.
Ambulation or gait – Gait assessments, assistive device placement, and foot placement.
Spiritual Care for Our Patients
In addition to emotional concerns, many patients experience spiritual matters. The patient may have questions or concerns about their faith or worry about the impact of the decisions they have made in their lives. At Pleasantville Hospice we offer Chaplain services to provide solace and address any spiritual concerns.
Emotional, Social, and Coping Care for Our Patients
We understand the emotional strain our patients and their families face during such a hard time. Facing a life-threatening illness can lead to fear, anxiety, hopelessness, or depression. Family members also are known to take on the position as the caregiver, even if they also have jobs and other duties.
Here at Pleasantville Hospice, our hospice counseling team and social workers are there for you -to let you know that we care, and will provide the support you need. Understandably, terminally ill patients may suffer from depression, anxiety, and anger regarding their situation. Emotional support is also, extended to the families of our patients. We understand the family dynamics at play and can create a plan to work through every concern.
Respite Care for The Caregiver
Many caregivers ask what respite care is? Respite care is a fancy name for giving a short-term break to the primary caregiver of a patient. Your break can be as long as up to 5 days. Respite care can take place:
- In your home
- In residential centers offering overnight stays
When a loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it is often a close family member who assumes the role of a caregiver. Being it assisting their loved one with mealtimes, remembering medications, or providing transportation to doctor’s appointments, the responsibilities of caregiving is a great physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual toll. Over time, the work of providing care 24 hours 7 days a week for a loved one can begin to wear down even the most resilient.
The Purpose of Respite Care
Though caregiving is an act of compassionate service to another, it still works a continuous expenditure of time, effort, and energy. Additionally, most caregivers have additional responsibilities that must be fulfilled alongside their caregiving duties or working a full-time or part-time job.
Sadly, with a combination of a caregivers’ output and a lack of attention to their own needs, continuous output and a lack of awareness of their individual needs, caregiver burnout is a common occurrence. During burnout caregivers can experience:
- Frequent Sickness
- Lack of Sleep
- Changes to appetite
Should a caregiver experience any of these symptoms, exploring respite care as an option is a wisely spent. Ensuring the health and well being of the caregiver is paramount to both the caregiver and the care of their loved one.
Benefits of Respite Care for Caregivers
The purpose of respite care is to ensure caregivers, with the stress and level of daily effort their daily role demands are given time to rest and recuperate to avoid burnout — a caregiver understanding that one’s health affects their ability to provide quality care for another.
Physical Benefits of Respite Care for Caregivers
By knowing their loved ones’ are under the compassionate and attentive care of our skilled workers, caregivers can begin attending to their own physical needs, including:
- Improved sleep patterns
- Increased energy, which improves their self-care outlook
Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Benefits of Respite Care for Caregivers
Caregiving takes its toll not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. By choosing the respite care option, caregivers allow themselves time to heal and reinvest in their wellness, including:
- Improved outlook on their caregiving journey
- Improved relationships with family and friends
- Reduced levels of stress and anxiety
Advance Care Planning
With taking on the responsibility as a caregiver, you will essentially become the “voice” of your loved one. Having the conversation of what type of health care they would want or what their values and preferences are, is an essential discussion to have.
Advance care planning is a roadmap of decisions about the healthcare our patients would like to receive if they happen to become unable to speak for themselves. These are the patients’ decisions to make, regardless of what you choose for your care. Allowing our patients to discuss with their family, friends, and healthcare providers what their wishes and personal beliefs are about continuing or withdrawing medical treatments at the end of life can give everyone a sense of relief. Advance care planning includes:
Getting information on the types of life-sustaining treatments that are available.
- Deciding what types of treatment that would or would not want should be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
- Sharing personal values with your loved ones.
- Completing advance directives to put into writing what types of treatment our patients would or would not want should you be unable to speak for yourself.
Care for The Whole Patient
Treating both the physical needs as well as the emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients is essential at Pleasantville Hospice Care. Decisions about end-of-life care are profoundly personal and are based on your values and beliefs. Because it is impossible to foresee every type of circumstance or illness, it is essential to think about what is most important.
Our compassionate team provides support for you and your family providing care and guidance for the mind, body, and soul of our patients. Conversations focusing on your wishes and beliefs will relieve loved one and healthcare providers of the need to guess what is best, allowing everyone to make the most of every day they have left.
- Certified nursing aides
- Compassionate hospice care
- Continuous care
- Medical director and designee
- Palliative care
- Physical therapy
- Social workers
- Respite care
- Skilled nurses
Medications pertaining to patients diagnosis covered by the company
DME company to provide all equipment for a patient to be at home/facility
Where We Offer Services: In Home Hospice
Pleasantville Hospice is headquartered in Burbank, California, though we offer in-home hospice care throughout southern California. Our team of health professionals is available at any hour of the day to respond to requests for compassionate care at your home. We believe that distance should not be a barrier to receiving compassionate care. As such, our health professionals travel throughout the following counties to care for patients:
Los Angeles County
San Bernardino County
Kern County Ventura County
While most hospices don’t offer physical therapy, we believe that physical therapy plays an integral role in supporting the physical and emotional well-being of the patient as it reduces pain and increases mobility. We have discovered that an increase in physical mobility is often accompanied by an increase in self-esteem as it allows our patients to move with more independence.
Small, comforting staff
Pleasantville Hospice is a small company which treats each patient as a unique individual rather than as a number. Our health professionals take the time to get to know our patients and as such tailor compassionate care to match the expressed needs of our patients.
24/7 Compassionate Hospice Care
Pleasantville Hospice understands the fragility of life and the urgency in which people need our services. Therefore, we strive to remove all obstacles to providing compassionate care to those in need by traveling to your home at any hour of the day.
Who Are We?
Pleasantville Hospice is a hospice care provider in Burbank, CA 91505. Hospice care is prescribed for critically ill individuals with a life expectancy of six months or less. The primary goal of this care is keeping patients as comfortable as possible throughout the end stages of life. These comfort measures include pain management and methods for minimizing disease-related symptoms. Hospice care can be provided in the home, hospital, long-term care facilities, or a stand-alone hospice house.