We care for all eligible patients. Hospice provides non-curative treatment and comfort to people with a life expectancy of six months or less, according to a physician’s judgment. We provide aggressive pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, and quality of life, supporting both the patient and the entire family.

Our Services Include:

  • Medications for symptom management and pain relief related to the hospice diagnosis
  • Medical equipment and supplies related to the hospice diagnosis
  • Physician services
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Nursing care
  • Home health aide
  • Social worker services
  • Spiritual care and support
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Grief, bereavement and nutritional counseling
  • Short-term general inpatient care and respite care

Considering next steps when faced with a serious illness can be challenging, and even overwhelming. Learning earlier about hospice services that may be right for you or your loved one can help you better understand the options available.

A serious illness can be overwhelming for the entire family -
but that's where hospice can help.

Bereavement Support

Each person handles death differently when it comes to the loss of a loved one. This is why we offer bereavement support to help patients and their loved ones face end-of-life challenges. Our support programs enable individuals to deal with the stages of grief that come with the passing of their family members or close friends.

There are always healthy ways to cope with loss. Our recovery support groups and programs are a way by which families can openly express their sentiments and cope with the sorrow after losing a precious loved one. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that you can turn to for hope and healing in a sensitive manner.

Support groups are offered several times a year. These groups are open not only to the survivors of Cadence patients, but also to anyone who has lost a loved one, including members of the general community. In addition, Cadence Hospice hosts several memorial services each year to honor patients who have passed away and provide a time of fellowship and closure for their loved ones.

Although the terms grief, bereavement, and mourning are often used interchangeably, each has a different meaning.

Grief is the normal process of reacting to the loss. Each type of loss means that something has been taken away. As a family goes through the journey of a terminal disease, many losses occur and each triggers its own grief reaction. Grief may be experienced as a mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual reaction and often times a combination of these. Mental reactions can include anger, guilt, anxiety, sadness, and despair. Physical reactions can include sleeping problems, changes in appetite, and even illness. Grief can be described as the presence of physical problems, constant thoughts of the person who died, guilt, hostility, and a change in the way one usually behaves.

Bereavement is the period after a loss during which time grief is experienced and mourning occurs.

Mourning is the process by which people adapt to a loss. This is influenced by cultural rituals and customs.


  • When should a patient be referred to hospice?
  • Who is eligible for hospice care?
  • What is the admission procedure?
  • How long will it take to see someone?
  • Who pays for Hospice care?
  • Will I continue to take care of the patient?
  • What is the hospice team?
When the patient has six months or less to live, all attempts to cure have been stopped, and the patient/family has been told of the prognosis, then the patient should be referred to hospice. It is best not to wait until death is imminent since the team will not have time to establish rapport or intervene effectively. Sometimes the patient or family members are not all accepting of the prognosis for referral to hospice to be made.
be admitted to the hospice program, a patient must meet the criteria noted on the Eligibility Guidelines. However, the overriding guideline is a simple one: the patient must be certified as having a life expectancy of six months or less. All definitive curative therapies must be finished.
Anyone, including the patient, family member, or physician may make the initial request for service by calling (714) 367-4084. The admissions RN will record the vital information and, if necessary, contact the patient’s physician for orders and permission to admit the patient to the hospice program.
An initial visit is usually made within twenty four hours of the referral. At that time, the patient’s condition and needs are assessed. The RN will explain services, discuss how other team members will be visiting and answer any questions. This time can be the same day if the family requests.
Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurance pay for the care given by the hospice team. If a patient does not have any payment source, he/she may pay all or part of the bill, personally. The important thing to remind your patients is this: no one is denied service because of an inability to pay.
The referring physician may choose to maintain control of the care of the patient. This is the most common arrangement. If the patient is to be admitted to the inpatient unit of the hospital and the referring physician does not have admitting privileges there, the medical director will take responsibility for the inpatient care and return the patient to his doctor on discharge from the hospital.
A team made up of representatives from a variety of disciplines provides hospice care. For a detailed list, click here

Helpful Links

Accucare Cremation is the number one cremation service in San Diego county with offices in Carlsbad, San Diego and Orange County. Cadence Hospice families are given a special price when they call (800) 323-1342 and ask for the "Hospice Price" You may also download all the forms online

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States.

This organization provides information and support to patients and families facing life-threatening illnesses. With an extensive archive of articles on topics related to end-of-life care, for caregivers, family members and patients, this site is an invaluable resource.

The mission of the Administration is to develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly individuals maintain their health and independence in their homes and communities.

IAHPC uses different programs and resources to achieve change and improve the lives of millions of patients diagnosed with far advanced diseases around the world, especially in developing countries in Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America.

An excellent overview of the many facets of hospice, including articles on making the hospice decision, arranging and receiving care, as well as links to other resources.

A comprehensive, innovative on-line service for hospice programs that offers staff orientation programs, annual in-services, volunteer training and specialized learning modules addressing the education needs of hospice programs of all sizes.

Everything you need to know about Medicare eligibility and benefits is here. Create an account for access to online tools to manage your Medicare coverage. Their Medicare-related caregiver resources are invaluable.