Dignity Health
  • Hospice Services

    Since 1995, Hoffmann Hospice has been Kern County’s only locally founded non-profit hospice serving over 20,000 adults, children and veterans who have a serious or terminal illness, regardless of their ability to pay.

    Patients of for-profit hospices receive significantly fewer non-core services – medical equipment and supplies, medications, personal care and respite care – than patients of non-profit hospices.

    Source: California Healthcare Foundation


    Our Mission

    To celebrate the sanctity of life, provide compassionate end-of-life care and comfort the grieving.


    What is Hospice?

    Hospice is a special way of caring for someone when a cure is no longer realistic. The focus of hospice is on care – compassionate care that enables patients to continue an alert, pain-free life surrounded by those they love. Hospice provides care that includes the family in all decisions.

    Hospice is about:

    • facing the end of life free of pain and fear
    • having the freedom to choose when choices seem few
    • making the most of every moment that is left

    You may refer yourself, a loved one or a friend to hospice when there is a terminal diagnosis and the physician has determined a life expectancy of approximately 6 months or less.

    Hospice care neither prolongs nor hastens death, but provides specialized support during the transition from this life to the next. Most of all, the call for hospice does not signify the end of hope, but simply a change of focus.

    Patients who get better or wish to seek active treatment for their terminal illness, may discontinue hospice service and return at a later time.


    Services and Your Hospice Team

    • Physician services
    • Pain and symptom control
    • Medical equipment and medications
    • Twenty-four hour access to on-call hospice nurses
    • Social services
    • Spiritual care
    • Home health aides
    • Trained volunteers including our Hoffmann Hounds Pet Therapy team and Veteran to Veteran Volunteers
    • Bereavement services for adults, children and teens and parents who have lost children

    An interdisciplinary care team manages all aspects of a patient’s hospice care. Physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy, therapists and trained volunteers work together, offering support based on their special areas of expertise. Your hospice nurse will make scheduled visits and is the primary contact for the patient and family and coordinate the services. Your personal doctor may also be a part of the hospice team and can remain as your attending physician.


    Our non-core, supplemental services

    • Private Transportation
    • Pet Therapy – enjoy regular visits from affectionate and well-trained Hoffmann Hounds
    • Touch for the Terminally Ill – ask about a soothing massage from our licensed massage therapist and Home Health Aides
    • Celebrations – Let us help you celebrate an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion and fulfill Bucket Lists


    Hospice care is different from other types of health care because:

    • It is coordinated and supervised by interdisciplinary care teams.
    • It allows patients to be cared for wherever they call home.
    • It tends to the spiritual needs of the patient and family
    • It offers caregiver relief so family members or other caregivers can get much-needed rest.
    • It offers bereavement care for 13 months after a loved-one’s death.