End-of-life and Hospice Services

Are you or a loved one preparing for or nearing the end of life? We want to help. We know how.

Life is a journey, and this part of your journey can be filled with care, compassion, devotion, and direction. It's easy to feel lost, but you don't have to lose yourself. We're a team of doctors, nurses, home health aides, pharmacists, chaplains, social workers, and trained home care and bereavement volunteers - all dedicated to managing and supporting any and all end-of-life concerns.

Here's how we can help

Home nursing care

Telephone: 649-7750
We offer a home-based program where compassionate and skilled nurses provide high-quality services including palliative care, comprehensive pain management, and complementary therapies.

Volunteer Support Program

Telephone: 649-7755
Specially trained volunteers may provide respite for caregivers and companionship for patients. Our program also offers licensed/certified complementary therapy practitioners.

Transportation Program

Telephone: 622-2746
Free transportation to and from medical appointments on the Monterey Peninsula and in Salinas is provided to any patient suffering from a life-threatening illness.

Loss and Grief Support

Telephone: Monterey, 649-7755; Salinas, 753-6045
Our support is the most comprehensive on the Central Coast. Bereavement support groups and one-on-one support are provided for people of all ages.

We Honor Veterans Program

Telephone: 649-7750
Under the program, we assist veterans and their families with their end-of-life needs. Hospice staff and volunteers receive ongoing education about special challenges – physical, emotional, or spiritual — that veterans may experience as a result of their military service. They receive training in basic “military language” as well as how to relate to each individual’s service experiences, which may differ based on where they served, in which branch, their rank, and whether they were in combat.

Griefbusters for Kids

Telephone: Monterey, 649-7755; Salinas, 753-6045
This nationally acclaimed, multilingual bereavement program for children and teens facing loss and grief provides support through schools and groups, as well as individually.

Transitions

Telephone: 649-7722
This free program provides case management and psychosocial support for developing a plan of care for terminal illness. Volunteers can provide support, help around the home and transportation for clients of the program.

Vigling

Telephone: Monday through Friday, 624-5311, ext. 2905, and 402-0746 on weekends and holidays. 
Specially trained volunteers stay by the patient's beside during their dying process. This service is provided for hospice patients in private homes, at Westland House or other skilled nursing facilities, or, for patients who are alone at Community Hospital.

Other helpful telephone numbers

  • Advance healthcare directives: 649-7750, or call Patient Access, 625-4910
  • Westland House (short-term skilled nursing, rehabilitation, and hospice care): 658-3737, at 100 Barnet Segal Lane , Monterey

For More information on hospice care:

The National Hospice and Palliative Care   1-800-658-8898

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 1-800-MEDICARE 1-800-633-4227

TTY/TDD 1-877-486-2048