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Skirball Hospice, a Program of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, Marks National Hospice Month by Encouraging Community Awareness of End-Of-Life Programs
Date:11/16/2009

ounseling, mailings, telephone calls, and other outreach and support activities. Rabbi Glenn Ettman, bereavement coordinator for Skirball Hospice, stresses that this program and its various activities are important because it "acknowledges that people grieve in a host of ways and in different time frames, but that everyone ultimately strives to move from dark places of sadness to a brighter time of healing and wholeness." He adds that his emphasis is to assure that grief, ultimately, borrowing a phrase from the Peanuts character, Charlie Brown, is "good grief."

With a grant from the Skirball Foundation and certified by the National Institute of Jewish Hospice, Skirball Hospice carries the Jewish Home's nearly century-old tradition of excellence and dedication into the community. Skirball services patients of all religions and ethnicities within the greater Los Angeles areas including Malibu, Santa Clarita and Canyon Country, with the same skill, dignity and warmth that has been the Jewish Home's trademark since 1912. The services are paid for by Medicare, Medi-Cal and most private insurance companies. Multiple studies have proven that the last six months of life have been the most costly to the healthcare delivery system. It is often a time when persons have multiple hospitalizations and/or treatments that are not successful in curing or prolonging life. It is during this time that patients and families often say "enough," and their focus changes from curing to comfort. This is the time when patients and families request hospice.

Skirball Hospice provides its services 24 hours a day, seven days per week to meet the needs of patients and families. "We frequently get requests from physicians and other referral sources after normal business hours including weekends and holidays, and we are there to assure those needing the services do not need to be in pain or otherwise suffer," says Paulson. More information on the program may be obtained by co
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