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Hospice is not a place, but rather a philosophy that focuses on the well-being of the whole person. High Desert Hospice services address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of our patients and their loved ones. We provide care in a location that best meets their needs and desires. These locations include but are not limited to: home, group homes, assisted living facilities, and nursing facilities.

No. Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a physical location. In fact, the majority of care is delivered to the patient’s place of residence. This type of care, provided in-home, allows families to be together when they need it most.

No. When faced with a life-terminating illness, patients and family often dwell on this loss of life, rather than making the most of every day that remains. When medical treatment can no longer prolong life, High Desert Hospice seeks to make the most out of the days that remain.

No. We understand and recognize that many people live alone. To accommodate to this, High Desert Hospice will help coordinate community resources to make home care possible. Finding an alternative place to live is also an option.

  1. Once admitted to service, a nurse will stop by for an initial visit
  2. The nurse will go over any necessary paperwork, answer any questions, and do an initial assessment
  3. Based on the initial assessment, a care plan will be put together and necessary medications will be determined
  4. Your necessary medications will be ordered from our pharmacy
  5. Covered medical equipment and supplies will be delivered within 24 hours of admission

  • Locally owned and operated in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Low patient to nurse ratio allowing us to give back to our patients and families at a premier level for care
  • 100 years of combined hospice experience
  • Only Hospice that will pay for psych meds
  • Dedicated on-call nursing staff 24/7

We have a placement specialist to assist our patients with placement if needed

Common Myths About Hospice:

Hospice is not a place, but rather a philosophy that focuses on the well-being of the whole person. High Desert Hospice services address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of our patients and their loved ones. We provide care in a location that best meets their needs and desire. These locations include but are not limited to: home, group homes, assisted living facilities, and nursing facilities.

Fact: Hospice patients and families can receive care for six months or longer, depending on the course of the illness.  Hospice care is most beneficial when there is sufficient time to manage symptoms and establish a trusting relationship.

Fact: Hospice provides comfort and quality of life when the hope for a cure is no longer possible.  The hope for living each day to the fullest becomes the reality.

Fact: Medicare beneficiaries pay little or nothing for hospice.  Most insurance plans, HMOs, and managed care plans include hospice coverage.

Fact: Hospice physicians work closely with your doctor to determine a plan of care.

Fact: Most patients choose to die at home surrounded by their loved ones.  High Desert Hospice cares for patients wherever they call home, including long-term skilled nursing and assisted living facilities.

Fact: Hospice serves anyone facing a life-limiting illness, regardless of age.

Fact: Hospice involves families and offers professional support and training to help them care for their loved ones.

Fact: The focus of hospice care starts at the time of diagnosis or acute phase of the terminal illness and extends beyond the patient’s death to the family during bereavement.