Hospice of Morongo Basin is a Volunteer Hospice that was founded in 1982 as part of the nationwide grassroots movement to improve care for the dying. The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather die in their own homes. Hospice does not provide care towards a cure, but aggressively treats the symptoms that accompany the dying process. The major focus is on pain control and symptom management, also known as comfort care. Hospice care also addresses the emotional, social, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
Hospice of Morongo Basin provides visiting and bereavement services to all in the Morongo Basin. Our services are provided primarily by unpaid volunteers. Our volunteers serve patients and families in their own communities, supported by regular communications with the Program Coordinator. Our bereavement program offers bereavement groups for adults, children and teens; and a 13-month bereavement correspondence. In addition to Visiting and Bereavement Support, Hospice of Morongo Basin also provides community education and information and referral. Our services are offered free of charge.