Everyone wants a peaceful End-of-Life experience. Hospice is a care option devoted to this goal: improving the quality of a person’s End-of-Life.
Hospice provides medical services, pain management, emotional support and spiritual resources for people nearing End-of-Life. Hospice also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a loved one at End-of-Life, and offers bereavement services.
Hospice honors each patient’s unique needs and wishes. It focuses on caring rather than curing.
Who Needs Hospice Care?
The term hospice comes from the word hospitality. Its use in medieval times described a place of shelter and rest for weary or ill travelers on a long journey.
Today, hospice provides medical or non-medical comfort and support to enable a peaceful End-of-Life journey. A person qualifies for hospice when he or she has a life-threatening condition that cannot benefit from curative treatment. Most often, a physician has determined a prognosis of six months or less. Hospice is available to patients of any age, religion or race, and their families.
Where is Hospice Care Provided?
Hospice care is often provided in the patient’s home, yet may also be offered in hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
Who Provides Hospice Care?
Hospice offers a team approach to End-of-Life care. The hospice team develops a care plan to meet a patient’s needs for pain management and symptom control. The hospice team may include:
- Patient or person receiving care
- Patient’s family members, loved ones or caregivers
- Patient’ s personal physician
- Hospice physician or medical director
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