Mission and Philosophy
Our mission is to affirm life and promote dignity at the end-of-life by providing professional, comprehensive and compassionate care to our patients, their loved ones and our community.
We believe that patients and their families are at the center of care. We acknowledge the special role of families of caregivers since they have the major impact on patients’ daily life and are essential to the hospice plan of care.
We believe that death is a natural part of, and necessary closure to life as it is experienced in the physical world. We believe that dying persons have the capacity to learn, teach, console, enjoy, plan, and laugh during this final period of life. We strive to assist dying patients and their families to attain that quality of life which allows them to live life to the fullest and to achieve a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory to them.
We believe that patients have the right to be informed about their disease, prognosis, treatment, and available alternatives. Patients and families should be primary participants in the decision-making process and have the right to accept or refuse treatment of select alternative therapy.
HOF subscribes to a holistic approach concerning the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of our patients. Our services are offered by an interdisciplinary team with a central coordination. Our volunteer team consists of skilled professionals and lay volunteers who provide nursing, psychological, spiritual, and respite support. Hospice support is available when needed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Bereavement follow-up and grief support is considered part of the total care concept and is available to the entire community.
We are committed to the promotion of comfort and to the relief of pain and other distressing symptoms. We strive to promote an environment of mutual trust, respect, support, and skill to enable the patient to receive care in a location they prefer.
Hospice of the Foothills accepts and cares for patients without discrimination on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical handicap, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin or ability to pay.
Hospice of the Foothills is licensed as a hospice by the state of California and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Hospice of the Foothills is a member of:
- California Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHAPCA)
- The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
These core values, which guide HOF’s mission, can be seen in all that we do.
Integrity – Compliance to the highest professional standards, ethics, and personal accountability with honesty, worthy of the trust our patients and families place in us.
Compassion – Promoting individual dignity with sensitivity and empathy, recognizing suffering and loss with kindness.
Respect – Honoring individuals through mutual respect of culture, spiritual beliefs, and goals for end of life.