Hope, Love, Dignity …

It must be Hospice


  • We’ve been together nearly thirty years, and long ago, we promised to keep whichever of us fell ill at home and loved until the end. For the past ten weeks, your organization made it possible for me to fulfill my promise. Your wonderful people were at all times professional, critically helpful, caring and loving of us both. I have NO idea what I would have done without YOU.

    Hospice Spouse
  • My only wish was I would have got hospice involved sooner in this journey.

    Hospice Family Member
  • Because of your help, I got to sleep beside my girl longer. I got to hold her hand, read her silly stories, share some good friends with her and kiss her and touch her beautiful face when she (and I) needed comforting.

    Hospice Spouse
  • Hospice was able to provide the support and care my grandmother as well as our whole family needed. We cannot express how truly invaluable the whole team was to us.

    Hospice Family Member
  • Long ago, we promised one another to love and care for and protect one another until the end of time. I feel so horned to have been able to do that for her.

    Hospice Spouse
  • With hospice, my husband did not have to go back to the hospital – this helped both of us.

    Hospice Spouse
  • Everyone who came to the house was professional, friendly, compassionate.

  • My whole experience was terrific! I feel they provided the best of care for my aunt and provided me with information and support.

    Hospice Family Member
  • Having the friendship and knowledge shared was the greatest! His care was exceptional. Thank you dearly!

  • Hospice was awesome. Hospice gave us the help and support when we needed it the most. Thank you all.

  • We were happy we had hospice through this process.

    Hospice Family Member
  • I appreciate the call after my mom passed as I really needed the emotional help.

    Hospice Family Member
  • The advice and counseling was wonderful. Connie &  Kelli were so kind and helpful. It was a short, but very stressful time that they made more bearable - especially Kelli.

  • My husband looked forward to one of his nurse visits. He was a Veteran like my husband.

  • I am so grateful that hospice was there for my dad and I. Thank you so much. Keep up the great work.

    Hospice Family Member
  • The hospice team was wonderful and so very kind and patient for and to my mom. Overall, for such a sad experience, they made it bearable. Thank you.

    Hospice Family Member
  • Thank God for hospice. I don’t know what I would have done without them. So considerate, compassionate, and helpful. Truly Angels.

    Hospice Family Member
  • The hospice team was excellent. Every person I encountered was professional, attentive and caring. I was impressed with the whole organization.

  • I was immensely grateful for the kindness and concern demonstrated by all hospice staff. Made this difficult time less difficult.

  • The staff were professional as well as skilled and compassionate.


Hospice is compassionate, patient-centered care, helping people live with a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is focused on maintaining dignity, increasing quality of life, and providing comfort, including pain and symptom management.

At Butte Home Health and Hospice, we’ve been meeting this special need since 1987. Butte Hospice is one of the largest hospice providers in Northern California, offering personalized care and support to hundreds of patients and families each year.

Our teams of caregivers consist of registered nurses, physicians, hospice aides, homemakers, social workers, spiritual caregivers, bereavement counselors and trained volunteers. They provide palliative care to ease pain and discomforting symptoms. In addition, they provide psycho-social and spiritual support for both patients and their loved ones. Patients typically receive our services in their own homes, in nursing homes, or assisted living facilities.

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The Hospice Benefit

The following hospice care costs are covered in full by the Medicare Hospice Benefit:

  • Skilled nursing services
  • Volunteer services
  • Physician services
  • Medications for comfort and symptom control
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Skilled therapy (for example, physical or speech therapy)
  • Hospice aid and homemaker services (bathing, housekeeping, time off for caregivers)
  • Social Worker services (for example, finding resources, helping family cope)
  • Spiritual counseling
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Bereavement support for the family

Medicare also provides other unique levels of hospice care, as well:

  • Respite Care: relief for the care giver for up to five days, with care provided in a local Skilled Nursing Facility.
  • Continuous Care: during a patient’s medical crisis, care may be provided for up to 24 hours a day until crisis symptoms are under control.

If you qualify for Medicare, you have already paid for this coverage! For you, hospice care is usually covered 100%. If you have insurance coverage other than Medicare, we would be happy to check your coverage for you.

Hospice Frequently Asked Questions

When is the right time to ask about Hospice?

At any time during a life-limiting illness, it’s appropriate to discuss all of a patient’s care options, including hospice. It is never too early to start planning for a time when you or a loved one will need the support of hospice. Patients typically bring up hospice services when a patient starts to show decline in daily aspects of living or having reoccurring trips to the Emergency Department or hospital due to their disease progress. Under Medicare guidelines, hospice care is available to patients whom the doctor believes, if the patient continues to follow the natural disease progression, have a prognosis of 6 months or less. Patients can make an educated decision that includes the advice and input of family members and loved ones.

How does hospice care begin?

Hospice care can be initiated by anyone calling into our hospice agency to seek information. A formal request or “referral” should be made by the patient’s doctor, but a community educator can always come to the patient’s home to discuss hospice care. Hospice can contact a doctor to discuss patient care and request a referral to hospice. Hospice care is ready to begin in 1-2 days after referral is made.

How much will hospice care cost?

At Butte Hospice, we are a local nonprofit hospice agency and are Medicare certified, so hospice services are completely covered under the patient’s Medicare benefit which means hospice services are at no cost to the patient.

How does the hospice work to keep patients comfortable?

Hospice staff receives special training to care for all types of physical and emotional symptoms that cause pain, discomfort and distress. Hospice care specializes in pain and symptom management. Hospice nurses and doctors are up to date on the latest medications and devices for pain and symptom relief. Keeping patients comfortable and pain free is one of the major aspects of hospice care

Where is hospice care provided?

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient resides. This could be in their own home, a family members home, an assisted living facility or a skilled nursing facility. Hospice care is here to support the patient, family members and caregivers who are all going through this journey together.

Is hospice available after hours?

Hospice care is available and “on-call” after the administrative office is closed, 7 days a week/24 hours a day.

Can a hospice patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular medical treatment?

Yes. If the patient’s condition improves and or the patient plateaus, the patient can be graduated off of hospice services. If the discharged patient should later need to return to hospice care, Medicare and will allow additional coverage for this purpose.

Does hospice require a 24 hour caregiver?

In the early weeks of care, it’s usually not necessary for someone to be with the patient all the time. Later, however, based upon the changing needs of the patient, hospice generally recommends someone be there continuously to ensure that the patient is receiving proper care.

What specific assistance does hospice provide home-based patients?

Hospice patients are cared for by a team of physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors, hospice aides, therapists and volunteers. Each skilled professional provides assistance based on his or her own area of expertise. Hospice also provides the patient with medical equipment and supplies, as well as medications relating to pain and symptom management.

Does hospice provide any help to the family after the patient dies?

Hospice provides continuing contact and support for caregivers for at least a year following the death of a loved one. Most hospices also sponsor bereavement groups and support for anyone in the community who has experienced a death of a family member, a friend or similar losses.

Hospice Myths & Facts

Many people have misconceptions about what hospice care is and is not. Hospice provides specialized care that addresses the unique needs of a patient facing the end of life. The focus is on caring, not curing.

Hospice professionals are skilled not only in controlling the pain and symptoms related to a life-limiting illness, but also in providing the comfort and support to ensure the highest quality of life possible for both the patient and their family.

Below is a link to our complete list of myths & facts.

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