Continuing Care

There are occasions when patients need additional treatment or care after they are discharged from the hospital. To meet your need for continuing care, members of our staff will assist you, your physician and your family to continue your care after you leave our hospital. Some of these services include:

Community Resources

You and your caregiver may feel unprepared for what will happen after your discharge. Make sure your discharge planner provides you with information about local resources, such as agencies that can provide services like transportation, equipment, home care and respite care, and agencies that can help with patient care and respite care.

Home Health Care

Full service Medicare-certified home care agencies supply nurses/nurse aides, medical social workers and therapists for home health care. Private duty nurses, nurse aides, adult sitter services, and assistance with daily activities and homemaker services, such as cleaning and meal preparation for discharged patients are also available. Ask your nurse for additional information.

Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

Medical equipment that is ordered by a doctor for use in a patient's home. Examples are walkers, crutches, wheelchairs and hospital beds. DME is paid for under both Medicare Part B and Part A for home health services.

Independent Living

Communities for seniors who are very independent and have few medical problems. Residents live in private apartments. Meals, housekeeping, maintenance and social outings and events are provided

Assisted Living

An apartment in a long-term care facility for elderly or disabled people who can no longer live on their own but who don't need a high level of care. Assisted-living facilities provide assistance with medications, meals in a cafeteria or restaurant-like setting, and housekeeping services.

Nursing staff is on site. Most facilities have social activities and provide transportation to doctors' appointments, shopping, etc.

Nursing Home

A residential facility for people with chronic illness or disability, particularly elderly people who need assistance for most or all of their daily livingmactivities such as bathing, dressing and toileting. Nursing homes provide 24-hour skilled care, and are also called convalescent homes or long-term care facilities. Many nursing homes also provide short-term rehabilitative stays for patients recovering from an injury or illness. Some facilities also have a separate unit for residents with Alzheimer's disease or memory loss.


A licensed or certified program that provides care for people who are terminally ill and for their families.

Palliative Care

The Palliative Care Department at Providence Health & Services San Fernando Valley hospitals is a unique team of caretakers that assist patients, particularly those with incurable, progressive illnesses. Our care extends to assisting their families with the comprehensive management of the patient's physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. Specializing in the relief of pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness, palliative care is appropriate at any point during an illness and can be provided along side curative care. While the focus of care is on comfort and quality of life, palliative care also helps relieve the burdens on patients' families with counseling, planning assistance, and help navigating the medical system.

Hospice Care

Hospice care emphasizes end of life support, providing patients and their families with care and comfort addressing the physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological, financial, and legal needs of the patient and his or her family. Hospice care is most often provided at home. In some cases care can be provided in a hospice or other freestanding facility or within a hospital.

Respite Care

Respite care provides a temporary break for caregivers. Patients spend time in programs such as adult daycare or in week-long or month-long stays in a care facility.

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