What to Know About Hospice Care

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?

Today, hospice provides medical and 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
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