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Northern Inyo Hospital
Northern Inyo Healthcare District
150 Pioneer Lane
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-5811
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155 Pioneer Lane
Bishop, CA 93514
(760) 873-3742

A Special Kind Of Caring

What is Hospice?
Hospice assists patients and their families by helping them to live their last days as fully as possible.

Hospice affirms life. Hospice exists to provide support and care for persons in the last phases of incurable disease so that they might live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice recognizes the dying process as a natural part of life and neither hastens nor postpones death.

Hospice of the Owens Valley was developed by the volunteer efforts of many local lay and professional citizens. Hospice of the Owens Valley is a community-based, non-profit association of the Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District and its Board of Directors.


Our Philosophy
We believe death is a natural part of life and it is our philosophy that dying persons have the potential to learn, teach, console, enjoy, plan and laugh during this period of living.

Individuals, by right, have the option of becoming informed about their disease, prognosis, treatment and available alternatives. The prospect of death should be dealt with openly and honestly. Patients should be primary participants in the decision-making process. They have the right to accept or refuse treatment and should be supported in their choice.

We affirm the vital role of the family and/or significant others in the patients daily life. Our support continues through the changes that occur with loss.

We subscribe to the holistic approach concerning the physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs of the patient. We are dedicated to the relief of symptoms and the promotion of comfort in a gentle and skilled manner.

The program is staffed by well-trained, caring volunteers who have been screened carefully and can provide the following services:
Alternative methods of symptom and pain control.
Instructions and assistance for home care.
Make patient/families aware of community resources available.
Make appropriate referrals as necessary.
Respite care provided by trained volunteers.
Spiritual support and referral when appropriate.
Emotional patient/family support provided during the patients illness.
Bereavement support provided for the Hospice families and others affected by sudden death.
Twenty-four hour, seven days a week availability and home visits as needed.

We acknowledge the importance of collaboration among all members of the Health Care Team, which will promote an environment of mutual trust, respect and support.

Who Is Eligible For Hospice Services
The patient has a confirmed diagnosis of a limited life expectancy, and lives in the Bishop and Big Pine areas.
The patient has been informed of the diagnosis and understands that continuing therapy will be palliative rather than curative in nature.
There is a family member or other reliable caregiver available to the patient to share responsibility with the Hospice Team for the care of patient
who remains at home.
The patient, family and physician understand the philosophy and scope of the services proved by the Hospice Program.

How are hospice services initiated?
Any patient who appears to meet the criteria for admission to the Hospice program will receive immediate consideration upon referral from:
The primary physician who may request the assistance of the Hospice team with his/her medical management of the patients care.
Any family member or other concerned individual as well as the patient him/herself.

What Education/Training Do We Offer?
We seek to encourage community and individual awareness by offering education programs which include:
Speakers and Program presentations on topics related to Hospice care, death and grief; available to community groups, schools and service organizations who seek to further their knowledge in this area.
Consultation service for health care professionals and educators.
Training and in-service programs for Hospice volunteers.
Resource materials and information on available films, books and medical regarding death, grief and Hospice care.

How can you help?
By donating funds to pay costs of administration, equipment, transportation, etc
By volunteering time, energy and expertise as a member of our Auxiliary Fund Raising groups.
Memorial bequests.
By becoming a trained Hospice volunteer and/or a Thrift Shop volunteer.