If the sad situation should occur that I would need hospice for a family member, the organization I would turn to is the Jewish Healing Center of Los Angeles. Even if I wasn’t Jewish.
Here’s why. When a person needs to call in hospice, they generally are given the name of a hospice group or a list of groups by a care provider. OK, now I’m going to be really honest with you – you don’t know the genesis of that referral. One hopes that the organization being recommended is good, but this is a business just like any other and when you are struggling with the end of a loved one’s life, you want to make sure you are getting the most appropriate and compassionate care available. And, the last thing you need is to be interviewing hospice companies.
That’s where The Jewish Healing Center comes in. The Jewish Healing Center provides full hospice oversight and management. It is the outgrowth of the Jewish Hospice Project, the first and longest running Jewish hospice service. One call to the Jewish Healing Center gets all the arrangement handled for you. They have long-standing relationships with trusted hospice providers, providers they have worked with, whose practices they understand and approve. They will advise you on which hospice to choose, then oversee the care provided by that hospice, providing medical interface, and of course, spiritual guidance to you, your family and loved one.
Rabbi Carla Howard, Jewish Healing Center
Executive Director of the Jewish Healing Center is Rabbi Carla Howard. Rabbi Howard combines rabbinic ordination with a unique background of pre-medical studies, clinical work in women's medicine and midwifery, and success as an entrepreneur. For five years, Rabbi Howard was Co-Founder and Executive Director of Jewish Hospice Project - Los Angeles. Rabbi Howard began her hospice chaplaincy to the dying and their families immediately following her ordination in 2000, with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, then moved to Trinity Care Hospice in 2001. Rabbi Howard is on the faculty of UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and the Academy for Jewish Religion rabbinical seminary, and serves on the Bio-Ethics Committee of Santa Monica/UCLA Medical Center. She is a member of the American Academy of Bereavement, National Hospice Foundation and Hospice Foundation of America. www.jhcla.org
When it is time to find a caring, compassionate community to help ease your loved one’s last days, remember to contact Sarah at Assisted Living Locators. I know the facilities in LA, which one offer hospice beds, and will get your loved one placed quickly, easily and with careful attention to you and your needs. firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-853-8282.