Need for Hospice Care Centers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 10, 2008

Dying patients in California who can’t manage their care at home but aren’t sick enough to be in a nursing home have few choices.

So, legislation to license inpatient hospice centers has already been unanimously approved by the Senate.

The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association sponsored the bill. Executive director Margaret Clausen says the law would create housing for these patients.

Clausen: “Well, one of the most frequent calls that I get here is from families looking for this type of facility. And, at the present time there are only a handful of hospice inpatient facilities in the state.” 

Clausen says the hospice centers will have qualified staff to give medical and support services. She also says it could save patients' money. The bill now needs the Assembly and the governor’s approval.