The Benefits of Hospice
The Southern California Hospice Foundation was established in 2002 to promote awareness of palliative care and hospice options for terminally ill children and adults, helping to ease the transition with comfort, dignity, and respect for those at the end-of-life.
Hospice prioritizes the wishes of the patient and family with the holistic treatment of the body, spirit, and mind. The goal of hospice is to focus on quality at the end of life, allowing patients and their friends and families time and space to make lasting memories.
In 2017 we honored the first 15 years of SoCal Hospice Foundation with a special celebration and this retrospective video.
We also launched our capital campaign for the Heavenly Home, demonstrating how our history and our vision for a revolution in hospice care have brought us to where we are today: building on the past in order to make a difference in the future, together.
Our mission is to deliver a breadth of resources to caregivers, families, and patients confronting the final stages of life. This is accomplished every single day through your support and our commitment to patient advocacy.
The Heavenly Home Project, opening in 2022, offers a unique solution to this problem. The live-in facility will allow terminally ill patients to end life’s journey comfortably and in peace. It is an important option for people who need care and cannot, or prefer not, to die at home or in a hospital. Some patients may not have family or friends who can care for them, while other caregivers may be elderly or physically unable to care for their loved ones at home.
The Heavenly Home will include several spacious rooms designed to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of its residents. There will be six spacious patient rooms where family members will be able to visit anytime, day or night, and overnight stays can be accommodated. There will also be a family dining room, kitchen, patio access, and an inviting garden to encourage patients and their families to relax and take a much-needed break outdoors.
In addition to traditional hospice services provided by third-party medical hospices, patients will receive round-the-clock caregiving, which may include non-invasive symptom control measures to make the patient comfortable. Patients will also receive:
- Continuity of care through the last days of life, and inclusion of the family, if desired, in the care of their loved one
- Routine personal care such as bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding, and medication assistance
- Meal preparation, laundry, and housekeeping
- Comfort companions or volunteers
Michelle Wulfestieg Executive Director
With the heart of a servant-leader, Michelle Wulfestieg is a two-time stroke survivor who understands just how precious life is and believes that as long as you are here, you have a purpose. Her own health struggles drew her to the field of Hospice where she has dedicated her life’s work for the last ten years, which is described in her award-winning book, All We Have Is Today: A Story of Discovering Purpose.
Since 2010, she has served as the Executive Director the Southern California Hospice Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of terminally ill patients and their families. Today, Michelle hopes to be an inspiration to those who are struggling. Her greatest wish for you is that you’ll find your true purpose, using the gifts you were given to change a life, to make a difference, to do good, to be all that you can be.
Board Of Directors
First Republic Bank Managing Director
CBRE | Office Properties, First Vice President
TDW Risk Management Associates
SMS Fabrications, INC., Vice-President of Administration
Hospice Advisory Council
The purpose of the Hospice Advisory Council is to increase awareness of hospice, educate the community about hospice, and provide a dignified environment to those at the end of their lifes through the Heavenly Home Project.
Carissa Bechtloff, MBA
Senior Director of Business Development, City of Hope, Orange County
End of Life Doula, Nurse Practitioner- Retired
Consultant: Writing, Editing, Investor and Media Relations
Rhonda L. Ducote
Apriem Advisors, President/Principal
Philanthropist, Hospice Volunteer
Hoag Hospital, Oncology Certified R.N.
CityWorks Management, Chief Operating Officer
Bruce A. Lazenby
Chairman of Hospice Advisory Council, Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary, Executive Director of Business Development
RH Morris Insurance and Financial, Financial Advisor
Philanthropist, Hospice Volunteer
Philanthropist, Hospice Advocate
Attorney at Law
Professional EOS Implementer/Leadership Team Coach and Trainer EOS Worldwide