Welcome to Santa Maria Hospice

Committed to Comfort and Dignity

Our dedicated team at Santa Maria Hospice focuses on the unique needs of each individual and their family to ensure comfort, quality, and dignity at life's end. We are unwavering in our commitment to providing compassionate and comprehensive care through our integrated approach, symbolized by our Care Connection Tree.

Our Philosophy

A Supportive Embrace in Difficult Times

Hospice is a compassionate response to the end of life. We offer a healthcare program combining various services to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those moving beyond curative treatment, focusing on progressive comfort care.

Our Care Connection Tree

Where Care Grows

The Care Connection Tree is our representation of integrated patient and family support. Each branch—formed by our attending physicians, hospice medical director, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, and volunteers—reaches out to provide the care needed for every unique challenge.

Holistic Care Approach

Comprehensive, Compassionate, Complete

Our staff, from medical professionals to trained volunteers, stands ready to address patient needs across all levels. Whether managing symptoms, offering spiritual support, or aiding with daily functions, we ensure that our patients receive the most compassionate and complete care possible.

Eligibility and Conditions

Caring for a Spectrum of Needs

We serve patients with various life-limiting illnesses, ensuring they meet eligibility for hospice care. Our mission is to alleviate suffering for conditions like cancer, dementia, ALS, heart failure, and many other end-stage diseases, always with the goal of maximizing comfort and preserving dignity.

FAQ - Santa Maria Hospice

Does hospice mean giving up?

No, hospice is about embracing quality of life and receiving support tailored to the patient's needs, without focusing on the illness itself.

Is hospice only for the final days?

Patients may benefit from hospice care for weeks or months, not just in the final days, allowing for meaningful time spent with loved ones.

Will I lose my hospice benefits if I leave the program?

If a patient chooses to leave hospice care, they can resume their benefits later if they continue to meet the criteria.

Do I lose contact with my personal physician in hospice?

Patients can keep their personal physicians while receiving hospice care; we collaborate closely with them to provide integrated support.

Does care end after the patient passes away?

Our support continues with bereavement services, offering contact and support for families for at least 13 months following their loss.