Community Resources

First Call Hospice Community Resources


Financial Assistance:

Food banks:

Many agencies distribute food to individuals and families throughout Sacramento county. Just enter in your zip code to find the agency location, phone number, and hours of operation!


 Do you qualify for Medi-Cal Benefits?

Medical helps individuals or families who have low-income pay for medical services. This includes families with children, persons with disability, pregnant women, seniors, and foster care.


Apply for Medi-Cal in person:

Apply for Medi-Cal by mail:

Apply for Medi-Cal online:


SMUD Medical Equipment Discount:

For patients using an electric wheelchair, oxygen concentrator, in-home dialysis cycler, and/ or extraordinary heating or cooling needs due to medical need.


SMUD Energy Assistance Program for low-income individuals and families:

Provides discounts on SMUD electric bills due to low-income

English version –

Spanish version –


Smud Payment Plans:

If individuals need more time to pay bill, need to add current balance to next months bill, or need to divide payment over several months.


PG & E gas discount:

California Alternate Rates for Energy Program (CARE): Provides a monthly discount of 20% or more for electricity and gas. Can qualify through income or if enrolled in public assistance programs.


Assistance on Housing Options:

Assists placing elders in retirement communities, assisted living communities, board & care homes, Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Residences & Memory Care.


Assistance Housing Veterans:

Assistance with financial benefits that is available for War Time Veteran and Widow of War Time Veteran to help the costs of assisted living facilities, board and care homes, and in-home care.

Mobile Resources:

Mobile Dentist:

A mobile dentist provides services such as x-rays, cleaning, extractions, denture maintenance, fillings, and many more.  


Mobile Hygienist:

Provides teeth cleaning services and preventative care


Mobile Notary:

First Call has a notary on staff and does not charge to have documents notarized. There are also other community resources available to have documents notarized. Examples of documents that can be notarized are advance health care directives, medical documents, power of attorney documents, etc.


Caregiver Resources:

  • Lifestyles allows families to look for senior living homes for their loved ones and to hire caregivers in their home.

    • Senior living homes include independent living, assisted living, care homes, memory care, and nursing homes

    • Caregivers can provide personal care services, homemaker services, companionship. This can include basic personal hygiene assistance, meal preparation, light housekeeping, medication reminders, and transportation.

Bereavement Groups:

First Call Hospice has a bereavement counselor on staff to assist with grief and loss. Contact office to get in contact with bereavement counselor, appointment only.

Children Bereavement Group:

Sutter Health – Children’s Bereavement Art Group:

Offers an art support group for children between 4 – 17 years old who are grieving from a loss of a loved one. The use of art and other creative activities aid children to express grief in a healthy self-expression.

Adult Bereavement Groups:

Sutter Health Adult Grief-Related Services:

Sutter Health offers bereavement support groups for adults related to grief, spouse/partner loss, parent loss, and child loss. Services are located in Sacramento and in Roseville.

 Widowed Persons Association of California in Sacramento:

Nonprofit organization dedicated to helping widowed individuals overcome grief learn to live and laugh again.

Patient Rights and Medical Leave:

Advance Health Care Directive Form:

This form allows you to select an individual to make healthcare decisions for you when you are no longer capable or allows the individual to make healthcare decisions for you even though you are still capable. This form also allows you to give specific instructions about any aspect of your healthcare. The links below have more information on advance directives and you can choose any form to fill out.


Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA):

FMLA forms allow employee leave due to serious health conditions or leave due to caregiving for a family member with a serious health conditions

Employee Leave for Serious Health Condition

Employee Leave to care for a loved one with a serious health condition


Other Helpful Resources

Booklets Available for Patients:

Losing Someone Close by Robert DiGiulio

  • Discusses ways to handle grief, find peace and meaning and life, and how to learn to trust and love again.

Moving Through the Darkness of Grief by M. Donna MacLeod

  • Discusses how grief can affect an individual and ways to cope.

Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience by Barbara Karnes, RN

  • Provides insight on the changes a patient might have physically and emotionally approaching death.

How to talk to children about death

Language Line Personal Interpreter Service

Volunteers –  First Call Hospice has volunteers that can that can assist translations for patients and families. Call First Call for available languages.

  • Provides over the phone, video, and in-person interpretation 24/7. For in-person interpretation a 24-hour notice is needed.

  • Rates vary per minute

 What to do when a loved one dies: