Hospice Care and Support Services
There are many personal choices that arise when you or a loved one is living with a serious illness that can’t be cured. Hospice of Santa Cruz County understands this and we are here to help you live as fully as possible.
At Hospice of Santa Cruz County we believe life is extraordinary and meant to be cherished, whether we are at the beginning or end of our lives. Our professionals work as a team to carefully tailor our care to support your goals and wishes.
So many of our Salinas and Santa Cruz County patients and families say they wish they had signed up for hospice services sooner. Why? Because of the stress relief they feel when realizing how expert care and support for their medical, emotional, and spiritual needs really makes a difference.
Hospice aides, music therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists and dieticians are available as needed to provide a complete support system for you and your family. We provide the needed medical equipment and medications and we help family members feel confident in providing care.
This support helps your loved one live more fully and enhances the quality of life. We are committed to providing exceptional care to Salinas and Santa Cruz County patients and their families, however they define “family,” and regardless of their race, color, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Hospice care is available to people with all types of illness. If you’re wondering about the right time to begin hospice care, now is the time to reach out to us. Our helpful staff can answer your questions and share more about our care. Calling or emailing us is not a commitment, only an opportunity to learn about your options and become more prepared.
Click the circles above to learn more about your Hospice Care team.
The Bob & Joey Jackson Music Therapy Program
Music has a rich and storied tradition in art, culture, history, and wellness. Music therapy fosters wellbeing on a deeper level. Our board-certified music therapist assesses the strengths and needs of hospice patients and designs a plan of care that includes creating, singing, moving to and/or listening to live music.
Because music is non-threatening, enjoyable and enhances brain function, people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can gain therapeutic benefits. When offered as a part of hospice care, music therapy can enhance the efforts to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of patients.
A typical session could include:
- Singing songs that bring joy, spiritual reflection, or memories
- Sharing music with family and friends
- Writing songs based on thoughts and feelings shared in the session
- Making sounds playing musical instruments and voice for those patients who are non-verbal
- Preparing music for memorial services, if desired