Central Valley’s Community Hospice: Offering Compassionate Care for the Terminally Ill
July 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
A member of the Modesto business community for more than two decades, Andrew Katakis supports a number of nonprofit groups, including Alley Cat Guardians and Community Hospice. The latter organization was established in 1980, six years after the hospice concept of providing dignified care for the terminally ill was introduced into the United States from Great Britain.
Community Hospice is supported by a network of committed volunteers throughout South San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. The organization emphasizes a philosophy of comfort care, with holistic services provided in private homes, senior living communities, and skilled nursing facilities. Community Hospice also maintains an inpatient facility, the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson.
One of Community Hospice’s most vital services involves coordinating care between an interdisciplinary team of nurses, dieticians, medical directors, social workers, and home aides. The group strives to provide integrated symptom and pain management services, offering patients access to medications and medical equipment. Volunteers also strive to meet patient and family needs, providing companionship, emotional support, and errand running. Andrew Katakis takes pride in maintaining a strong local presence through involvement with Community Hospice and other Modesto organizations.