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Hinds Hospice: Filling a Need to Help the Terminally Ill

Jun 28, 2014 01:51PM ● By Cen Cali Life Magazine

Hinds Hospice: Filling a Need to Help the Terminally Ill

By, Don R. Simmons

Nancy Hinds had cared for her terminally ill husband and mother before returning to Fresno with her three young sons to be closer to family. An oncology nurse, she wanted to be home more with her children, but saw a need for care of the terminally ill.

Hinds began caring for patients in her home in 1981. Because of her own experiences and nursing background, she could care for patients and support their families on their end-of-life journeys. However, the State of California forced her to close her doors in 1985 and she spent the next two years lobbying and pursuing legislation to be allowed to open inpatient hospice homes.

In 1987, the current Hinds Hospice Home in Fresno opened. In 1991, services expanded to include outpatient hospice services to serve patients in their own homes. In 1994, services expanded to Madera County, then Merced County a year later.

Hinds Hospice takes a team approach to hospice care, whether in the Hinds Hospice Home or in a patient's home. The hospice interdisciplinary care teams composed of nurses, home health aides, medical social workers, chaplains, medical directors and volunteers all focus on making sure patients are as comfortable as possible.


Hinds Hospice Home: The only inpatient Hospice Home between Southern California and Modesto, the six-bed home provides end-of-life care around-the-clock. 

Outpatient Hospice Services: More than 150 patients are seen in their homes or in residential care facilities on any given day throughout Fresno, Madera and Merced counties.

Center for Grief and Healing: Support is offered not only to families who have experienced hospice care, but also to anyone in the community who has lost a loved one. The staff includes licensed therapists and counselors who have received extensive training in the areas of grief, loss and healing. 

Angel Babies: This unique perinatal hospice and bereavement program assists families to both welcome and enjoy their baby and, when necessary, to say goodbye. Services are available for families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or other infant death.

Pediatric Hospice: Offering the only hospice services to children in the area, this program specializes in the needs of children from infancy through early adulthood who suffer from a variety of life-limiting conditions.

We Honor Veterans: Training received through a partnership with the VA and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization allows Hinds to provide the best end-of-life care for veteran patients, including rural and homeless veterans in Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties.

Thrift Stores: These stores were created to provide low-cost items while defraying some of the organization’s unreimbursed expenses. Stores are located in Clovis, Sanger, Madera and Chowchilla.

Volunteer: Volunteers are greatly needed for a variety of tasks, including working in the organization’s four thrift stores; preparing bereavement mailings and completing other clerical tasks; fundraising; serving as hosts/hostesses to visitors at the Hospice Home; and helping with household duties. Volunteers are also needed to provide respite to caregivers in a patient's home, including sitting with a patient while a caregiver does errands or takes a break. Each volunteer area requires special training.

How to Donate

To donate or for questions regarding planned and/or employee giving, visit Hinds Hospice online at, call (559) 320-0308 or send mail to 2490 W. Shaw Ave. Ste. 101, Fresno, CA 93711.


Don R. Simmons, Ph.D., is a distinguished lecturer, Humanics, at Fresno State University.