By Lt. Barry Tisdale, AA/PIO
California Health Care Facility
On July 10, California Health Care Facility (CHCF) opened up the Palliative Care Services (PCS) building on Facility D. This unit will provide comprehensive and coordinated care to inmates with chronic, serious,and/or terminal illnesses, with a life expectancy of 18 months or less, and to support them in easing the pain and symptoms. Some of the programs implemented are arts, therapy, religious services, volunteer support services and others. The PCS unit consists of 30 single occupancy cells.
Custody staff assigned to the PCS unit will be required to undergo additional training relative to Palliative Care, upon assuming their post. PCS inmate workers are an important part of the services. They assist with the medical and custody daily services however they have a greater impact as they can be there for support as a peer.
Chief Executive Officer R. Recarey and Warden M. Martel, CME Dr. Adams and Dr. M. Laing opened up the unit with a small ceremony.