Hospice of Humboldt is continuing to provide heartfelt care amid the coronavirus pandemic.

During shelter-in-place orders, Hospice — along with other health care agencies — is considered to provide essential services and will continue to meet patients’ needs.

According to a Hospice of Humboldt press release: “We are working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Response team to plan for meeting the needs of our entire community. We are also working diligently to ensure that we follow the most current guidelines and safety precautions set forth by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Humboldt County Public Health to keep our staff, patients and community safe.”

Below are some temporary adjustments Hospice of Humboldt has made to its services and programs:

Hospice Home Care: Home care teams continue to provide hospice services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hospice is still taking referrals, admitting patients and providing interdisciplinary services and has established the ability for clinicians to work remotely as much as possible. Screening of patients and families occurs prior to every home visit, and phone check-ins are substituted for face-to-face visits when appropriate. Staff is following COVID-19 infection prevention practices recommended by the CDC and Public Health and are educating patients and their caregivers how to protect themselves and reduce the spread of this virus within the community.

Ida Emmerson Hospice House: The Ida Emmerson Hospice House remains open, providing around the clock care for patients. All visitors are screened before entry to the Hospice House. Staff is following COVID-19 infection prevention practices recommended by the CDC and Public Health.

Grief Support Services: Hospice is providing one-on-one grief counseling by phone or electronic format. Its face-to-face counseling and community support groups are currently on hold, and Hospice will update the community as soon as these groups can resume.

Volunteer Services: Volunteers are currently not coming into the office or visiting patients. All new volunteer orientations have been put on hold. Hospice is working on identifying ways current volunteers can continue to support Hospice remotely.

The Hospice Shop: The retail resale shop is temporarily closed until the shelter in place mandate is lifted.  Hospice will given an update  when the shop reopens.

Events: All community events, workshops and gatherings are postponed.

According to the press release: “Hospice of Humboldt is proud to be part of this community, working together during this challenging time, each doing our part to flatten the curve. Thank you to all of our staff and everyone who is showing up each day to make sure that community needs are still being met and thank you to all the people following the shelter-in-place guidelines; together we will get through this.

“We are grateful for the continued community support; donations made during times like this help us continue to provide the essential care that is needed in our community. Donations can be made on our website, by phone at 707-445-8443 or mailed to 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka, CA, 95503.

People who have questions about Hospice services or know someone who may need Hospice care, are encouraged to call 707-445-8443.

Hospice of Humboldt has been serving families locally for over 40 years, has a staff of 103 employees and is privileged to work with 111 volunteers. Hospice provided end of life care to 664 patients last year.


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