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The Komen Mission:
To eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment.

Special Needs


Home Care

Care at home is sometimes needed to help in the treatment, recovery, or care of a cancer patient.

Homemaker services refers to non-skilled care (also called custodial care) that can include light housekeeping, meal preparation, shopping and assistance with personal care such as dressing or bathing. Homemaker services are not usually paid for by Medicare or insurance.

Home health-care refers to short-term skilled services such as postsurgical care, physical therapy, pain management and medication management provided to the homebound patient. Medicare and most insurance companies pay for home health-care. Referral to a home health agency requires a doctor's order.

Hospice refers to care provided to people during the end stage of an illness when curative treatment is no longer indicated. Services include nursing, social work, spiritual support, personal care, medication, and equipment usually provided in the patient’s home. Hospice does not routinely provide round the clock care. Medicare, MediCal and most insurance plans cover hospice services. Referral to a hospice agency requires a doctor’s order.

California State Hospice Association 916-441-3770