LOS ANGELES, May 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Agape Hospice and Palliative Care opens its doors today to provide a multitude of services to individuals diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses as well as services to their loved ones, it was announced today by Larisa Louka, CEO.
"One indication of our company's philosophy of doing everything possible to comfort patients is the frequent use of residential visits from care dogs and cats," said Louka. "There have been numerous studies illustrating that affectionate interactions between patients and pets lessen depression and sometimes prolong lives."
"We embrace a loving, comfort care philosophy that focuses on providing our patient's medical, emotional, and spiritual care along with grief support for family members," she added. "We believe that every person is entitled to participate in every step of the end of life process that is personally fulfilling to them."
The Sherman Oaks-based company recently received its state accreditation after serving clients throughout 2015. Hospice and palliative care is being provided as a continuum of services ranging from intermittent home care to inpatient care with an emphasis on maintaining the patient at home in their familiar, comfortable and least restrictive environment.
Agape hospice care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of professionals including physicians, nurses, social workers (who assist patients and loved ones with grief counseling and end-of life planning), non-denominational chaplains (who provide spiritual an emotional support), home health aides (who provide personal care to patients in their home environment), volunteers, and bereavement counselors.
In addition to nursing services and care from home health aides, Agape provides social services, dietary counseling, physical therapy, pain control, and medications relating to hospice diagnosis, respite care for caregivers, bereavement support and volunteer assistance. Agape also provides all standard supplies and durable medical equipment including wheelchairs, electric hospital beds, and bedside commodes.
The management of Agape Hospice and Palliative Care first found success in the adult care industry in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
Louka has worked as a health care patient activist and residential care executive for the past 15 years. She is active in placement services as well as owning, developing, operating and expanding residential care facilities in Southern California and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to serving as CEO of Agape, Louka is CEO of Adara Oaks Manor and Helping Hands for Seniors. She also developed the nonprofit organization Oregon Adult Care Home Association, for which she serves as CEO. OACHA advocates and acts as liaison between 1,800 Oregon senior care service providers and State law makers while continuing to also advocate for people with disabilities that reside in long term community care based facilities.
Andreea Benea is CMO of Agape Hospice. She is a 17-year veteran of the health care and medical device industry with experience starting, operating, marketing and expanding residential care facilities it the Pacific Northwest. CMO of Adara Oaks Manor, she currently serves as vice president of the nonprofit organization Oregon Adult Care Home Association.
Ioana Cristurean is CFO of Agape Hospice & Palliative Care. A financial strategist with a strong economics background, she spent the past 12 years as a residential care facility administrator and owner, responsible for the day to day operations of residential care facilities in the Pacific Northwest. She also currently serves as CFO of Adara Oaks Manor and the nonprofit organization Oregon Adult Care Home Association.
Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medi-Cal and most private insurance. Since Agape accepts Medicare and Medicaid/Medical as coverage for hospice care, there are no out-of-pocket expenses for eligible patients or their loved ones.
"The essence of Agape is love, goodwill and selfless devotion," said Louka. "We are expanding the paradigms of palliative care by doing everything possible to assist and comfort patients and their families facing a terminal illness."
For more information, contact Agape at 213.234.5535 or go to www.agapehospicepc.org.
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