Our Healthcare Team

The interdisciplinary Lucky Palliative Services, Inc. / Palliative Care team is made up of trained caregivers who put individual patient and family needs first:.

NURSES 

All our nurses are experienced in assessing and managing pain; they provide hands-on care

SOCIAL WORKERS

All our Social Workers are friendly and skilled listeners who can offer emotional support and help with financial planning and Bereavement Services.

PHYSICIANS

Collaborate with the patient's primary physician and are available for pain and symptom management consultations, as well as to make house calls as needed.

CERTIFIED HOSPICE AIDS

Help with personal care, such as bathing and mouth care; they also can help with light cleaning, light laundry and occasional shopping.

CHAPLAINS

Our Chaplains offer spiritual support.

VOLUNTEERS 

Volunteers are important elements of the team who are available when they are needed most.

DIETICIANS

Help patients achieve the best nutritional standards given the current state of his or her health. Dieticians have much experience in dealing with the dietary challenges that often affect the terminally ill. In conjunction with the physician, dieticians will advise on meal plans, food preparation and even on how to serve the patient properly. All patients entering hospice care will be evaluated at the time of admission into program. If there is a need for nutritional assistance, a dietician will be provided to assist and educate patients and their families.

OCCUPATIONAL/ PHYSICAL THERAPY

An Occupational Therapist/Physical Therapist can evaluate the ability of your loved one to accomplish activities of daily living (ADL) to carry out common everyday tasks, such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing one's teeth, eating, walking, getting in and out of bed, going to the bathroom, etc. If patients experience difficulties performing these types of skills, the therapist can devise a therapeutic plan designed to help patients regain their independence. Occupational and Physical Therapy can often help with the patient's self-esteem, confidence and attitude. Sometimes, different adaptive or assisting devices are used to help patients accomplish their ADLs. The therapist can teach your loved one special technique that will help utilize energy more efficiently. Helping your loved one continue much of his/her daily routine can dramatically improve their quality of life.

Hospice Criteria

Eligibility requirements for Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits will be determined when a patient meets the following criteria.

  • ❖ The patient has chronic illness such as emphysema, heart failure, Alzheimer's disease, or a terminal diagnosis with a limited life expectancy if the conditions take its natural course.
  • ❖ The focus will be on palliative treatment, including pain control and emotional/spiritual support.
  • ❖ The patient's physician authorizes hospice care.

Who Pays for Hospice

  • ❖ Medicare/Medi-Cal
  • ❖ Private Insurances/HMO

Our Phylosophy

To provide the terminally ill patients and their ones with the support and care they require to 1 their lives comfortably. Our Hospice team strives to enable the patient family to maintain dignity and quality of life. Our goal is to provide physical emotional and spiritual comfort. We strive to empower the patients and family by providing them with the tools, information and support they need to make informed decisions. We provide ongoing support (for family and friends for as long as it is needed. We believe that Hospice Care should be available for any and all persons with an illness for which the no cure or for persons who elect no attempt a c resulting in a limited life expectancy.  

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