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Community Hospice Observes National Palliative Care Month

Throughout the month of November, Community Hospice joins organizations across the nation in celebrating National Hospice and Palliative Care Month (NHPCM). This year’s NHPCM theme is “meeting you where you are.”

For more than 40 years, Community Hospice has provided compassionate and supportive care to thousands of people throughout the community, allowing them to spend their final months wherever they call home and surrounded by their loved ones. Care teams create individualized plans of care that ensure pain management, therapies, and treatments all centered on the patients and their loved one’s goals and wishes.

Per the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, each year, over one million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices across the United States. When a patient is not eligible for hospice care, they may benefit from community-based palliative care, often offered by hospice providers. Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness also involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy through access to information and choice.

“As we celebrate National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we reflect and celebrate our patients and their families that have turned to us during their time of need. It is a great pleasure to be able to walk alongside them providing compassionate hospice and palliative care services as they travel their journey,” said Alisa Bettis, President/CEO Community Hospice. “We share our heartfelt gratitude for staff, volunteers, Board members, community partners and donors who help make our mission possible and support the important work we provide.”

More information about Community Hospice programs and services is available at or call 209-578-6300.

Community Hospice is the largest and oldest nonprofit hospice agency in the Central Valley. Serving the community since 1979, Community Hospice has cared for thousands of friends and neighbors offering compassionate and quality care, education and support to terminally ill patients and families, regardless of ability to pay. Care extends to over 2,000 patients each year in private homes, skilled nursing facilities, retirement communities and at the 16-bed inpatient Community Hospice Alexander Cohen Hospice House. Community Hospice also provides bereavement and grief support to anyone in the community.