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C-TAC Member Spotlight: Hospice East Bay

Hospice East Bay is a pioneer hospice established in 1977 by community volunteers to create support for patients who wanted to die at home. Our mission is to care for patients through the end of life, easing fear and suffering, while also ensuring that patients and families retain dignity and control over their personal choices. Over the years, Hospice East Bay has grown to include many programs and services.

Hospice Care

The focus of hospice care is to ensure the comfort of every patient during their final stages of life, while also supporting their family through and after the death. Hospice focuses on relieving pain, managing other complex symptoms and offering consistent emotional, spiritual and practical support. Hospice also makes it possible for patients to retain control over their medical and personal choices. Our interdisciplinary team provides care in the comfort, privacy and familiarity of home.

As a community-based organization, Hospice East Bay is able to provide support beyond the Medicare benefit to ensure that our patients and families have all their medical and social needs met. Most importantly, Hospice East Bay accepts all medically-qualified patients, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay.

Palliative Care

Our palliative care program focuses on the relief of symptoms and suffering related to a life-limiting, chronic illness. Palliative care gives these individuals much needed assistance in navigating the complicated health care system and offers the option of staying at home rather than going into the hospital. Our palliative care team develops a plan for care that involves all of the patient’s doctors and services, while ensuring that their needs and wishes are being met.

Grief Support

Our bereavement program offers grief support to all hospice families for 13 months following a death. We also provide anticipatory grief counseling as needed. We stay in touch with families through phone calls and periodic mailings. We offer support groups, classes and workshops throughout the year, as well as educational training and support for local school districts.

Volunteer Programs

Patient support volunteers are highly trained to provide companionship and support for patients, offer respite time for caregivers, and help with general errands and transportation. Specialized patient support volunteers provide a variety of services, such as massage therapy, hair care, or handyman work.

Volunteers also provide several specialized programs: Vigil Volunteers work at the bedside of actively dying patients to ensure that they are not alone; Pet Pal volunteers and their certified pets visit patients to offer companionship and comfort; Music & Memory volunteers deliver personalized music to patients with moderate to severe dementia.

Thrift Shoppes

Our thrift shoppes are often the first place someone hears about Hospice East Bay, and sometimes the last place their hospice journey takes them, when they donate their loved one’s belongings. Our retail operation offers estate sales and cleanouts, as well as free pick-up for donated items.

Donating merchandise or shopping at a Hospice Thrift Shoppe is a great way to support our work.

To learn more about Hospice East Bay, visit their website here.

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