Palliative and End of Life Care

In the welcoming environment of Laguna Honda’s palliative care and end of life program we provide palliative services to patients with chronic and progressive illnesses and end of life services to patients at the end of life. Palliative and end of life therapies treat physical symptoms, such as pain, along with the emotional distress and spiritual suffering that often accompanies serious or progressive illness.

Our program includes long term palliative treatment for patients with chronic progressive conditions who are also undergoing medical interventions. Our care is based on the patient’s own goals and hopes. Our care team includes both professionals and trained volunteers who support patients, family members and friends affected by the illness.

Every patient is at the center of an interdisciplinary team of care givers. The Palliative Care Program on the South 3 neighborhood is based on the end of life care model, which has three primary goals. The first goal is to clarify hopes, values, ad goals of care for the residents. Next is to provide comprehensive symptom management for physical and psychological symptoms and spiritual distress. Lastly, to offer bereavement support to resident families after death.

Palliative care is provided by an interdisciplinary Care Team and includes board certified palliative care professionals, a chaplain, as well as volunteers from Zen Hospice Project. In addition to the specialty palliative care on South 3, primary or basic palliative care is provided in all Laguna Honda neighborhoods by their respective interdisciplinary Care Teams.

  • Board-certified palliative and end of life physician
  • Board-certified nursing staff
  • Trained and licensed nursing assistants
  • End of life and palliative care social workers
  • Activity therapists
  • Clinical pharmacist
  • Registered dietitian
  • Trained palliative and end of life volunteers
  • Spiritual care services
  • Bereavement support
  • Registered nurse and physician presence 24 hours per day

Other Laguna Honda services that support palliative care include: No One Dies Alone Volunteer Program (NODA), Spiritual Care Services, Pain and Healing Clinic, Palliative Care Specialist consultation, and Bioethics consultation.

Charges are generally covered by Medi-Cal, Medicare or other third party payers. All prospective admissions are reviewed and approved by our palliative care and end of life medical director and nurse manager.

For further information or to arrange a tour, you can reach the palliative care team Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, at (415) 682-1230 (phone) or (415) 682-1283 (fax).

The Laguna Honda end of life program is a community partnership with the Zen End of life Project of San Francisco. For more information about the Zen End of life Project, click here.