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    Griswold Home Care - Pasadena
    My mother?s cancer had reached the terminal stage, and it was just a matter of time before she would succumb to her illness. She began to lose her faculties about a month prior to her death. The ten days prior to her passing were the absolute worst. As she rapidly declined, she became unable to walk, eat, speak, or even swallow. Even during that time, her greatest fear was not losing another ability. Rather, it was being alone and ultimately?dying alone. My father passed away alone in a hospital two years ago, and my sister passed away alone in her room four months ago. To my mom, there was nothing more terrifying than taking that last breath?alone. My extended family and I did everything to make sure there was always someone by her side during her final days. But, it was a struggle for us. No matter how much we loved her and saw it as a duty and honor to look after her?it was difficult because we had our own obligations. And, emotionally speaking?a piece of us died each time we saw my mother in her condition. That?s when a close friend of mine took it upon herself to contact Griswold Special Care. I was extremely reluctant at first because I had never procured such services, and I didn?t want to place the care of my mother in strangers? hands. But, Alma, Mercy, and Alba made it so very clear from the moment they met my mother that they were there to help her in any way they can. Alma, Mercy, and Alba took turns caring for my mom around the clock. They were so gentle, kind, and loving with my mother. They were also extremely considerate with me and my extended family by sending us updates whenever we were away from my mother?s bedside. The director, Richard Shoop, drove many miles over to the hospital my mother was in to personally meet her and me. When my mother passed, Alma was there with my cousins. Thanks to Griswold, my mother passed surrounded by loved ones. I highly recommend Griswold Special Care. Your loved ones will not get better care from anywhere else. If you want to get in touch with me to hear more about my experience with Griswold, please email me at suechae@hotmail.com. I owe an eternal debt of gratitude to Griswold Special Care. Thank you, Alma, Mercy, Alba, and Richard.
    - Sue C.
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    VNA and Hospice of Southern California
    They seemed like they went above and beyond than what would normally be expected.  They really stood by me when my husband was away.  They did more than what they needed to.
    - Sandra W.
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    Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
    The nursing staff was excellent and responded quickly when needs arose. They had a friendly visitor talk with my wife regarding her medical situation. The fact that someone else who had gone through a similar procedure was there to discuss her experiences gave my wife comfort. My wife also told me they had a woman who came by with her dog offering some pet therapy. My wife, being an animal lover, thought this was great. When discharged all the paperwork was completed in a timely fashion. In preparation for her care at home, needed pain prescriptions had been given in advance by her doctors. The nurses showed my wife how to empty drains and measure fluids so when she got home she was not intimidated by the procedure. Overall the hospital and staff provided great care.
    - William K.
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    Companion Hospice
    They were very professional. They took very goof care of her and kept us, the family, up to date with everything regarding my grandma's condition.
    - Melissa K.
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    Hospice Touch
    Hospice Touch was recommended by my father's hospital in Orange County and again by a nursing home in Huntington Beach.  My father was declining quickly and he wanted to go home to die.  As many families are, we were caught without time to research hospice providers.  My father had been kicked out of the hospital (because there was no more they could do for him) and he was being discharged from the nursing facility (because he showed no improvement medically). We had to make a decision FAST on where to take him.  The nursing facility called Ruben Figueroa, a Regional Manager from Hospice Touch.  He arrived about 15 minutes later at the nursing facility to speak to the family.  I was suspicious about any company that had roving marketers on instant call but Ruben was understanding, charming and didn't dodge any hard questions and I asked a lot of them.  My stepmother was exhausted and not really capable of understanding what was going to happen and how short a time my father had to live. Ruben told us we could change hospice providers once in the first 90 days.  Each nurse handles about 10 patients.  There are volunteers that perform a list of tasks (shopping, babysitting, etc.)  He told us it would take 2-3 hours to set up the home and move my father.  He explained all of the services provided by Hospice Touch and assured us that they would be responsive within minutes.  We were given an emergency telephone number just in case. The set up in the home went smoothly.  They spoke slowly and carefully to my stepmother (the main caregiver) so that she could absorb it all.  My father had been in great distress for the past couple of weeks spitting up horrible tasting bile and being miserable with nausea. He was so miserable that he could no longer eat or drink, read, watch TV, listen to music or even sleep.  He begged me to kill him.  Hospice Touch gave him suppository drugs that weren't given to him in the hospital or the nursing facility and he immediately improved and relaxed.  The drug is called ABHR.  One hospice nurse on a forum said that the hospice company she used to work for used ABHR and it worked beautifully.  Then she went to work for her present hospice company and they are "too cheap" to pay for this custom, compounded drug and things are much worse for her in managing the patients.  It seems like cost may be a factor. I'm so thankful that Hospice Touch used the drug.  I wish we had started hospice sooner and it's a crime that medical facilities don't use these same drugs!   Hospice Touch left instructions for us and a "comfort bag" of various medicaitons including morphine just in case an increased dose was necessary.  They trained my stepmother and other family members in how to administer the morphine and suppositories.  Right away, we could see that caring for my father was too much for my stepmother.  Hospice Touch referred us to a nursing service where we hired bonded people to assist 24 hours a day.  At one point, we called Hospice Touch on a weekend and requested a registered nurse to look at my father.  The nurse came right out, adjusted his medications and told us that he had two days to live.  Two days later, he died in an unconscious state. Hospice Touch made the death process so much better for us all.
    - Jeannette C.
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    Vitas Hospice Service
    They were wonderful. They didn't treat my mothers as just a dying person, but gave her dignity and had a physician come by the house even though she was terminal.
    - David M.
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    Alta Home Care
    The care givers show up on time and take the strain off my mother in law. we started with a few nights a week and switched to full time care because it helped him and my mother law. Josephine knows how to get him out of the bed and get him to change his clothes. he won't do this for my wife.
    - John M.
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    Companion Hospice
    They were caring and they took care of my mom better than anyone in the world could ask for. She was dying and they were there for us, it was great.
    - BARBARA J.
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    BrightStar Care
    The young woman that they sent to help me was terrific.  Their service all around has been excellent.  She comes out and makes the bed, takes care of the laundry, takes care of the kitchen and cleans things up.  She empties the trash, goes to the market and does the shopping.  If I need to go anywhere, she will go with me.  I started using them in September when I fell.  Initially they sent two or three other young woman.  Finally they sent Vicky.  Vicky has been with me for the past several months.  She is wonderful
    - Donald C.
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    VNA & HOSPICE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
    They were excellent.  THey provide nursing care, home health care, and companionship.  It is all covered under medicare.  There is no charge to the patient. 
    - Susan S.
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  • KPG Healthcare

    1960 E. Grand Avenue, Suite 940
    El Segundo, California