What is hospice?

Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient’s pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs.

Examples of hospice care include:

  • The patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
  • Helps the patient’s family caregivers.
  • Takes place in the patient’s home or in a home-like setting.
  • Concentrates on managing a patient’s pain and other symptoms so that the patient may live as comfortable as possible and make the most of the time that remains.
  • Believes the quality of life to be as important as length of life.

The goal of hospice is to make the patient comfortable. Hospice care eases pain and other symptoms, along with giving support to the family through a sad and difficult time.

How does hospice care begin?

Typically, hospice cares starts as soon as a formal request or a ‘referral’ is made. Pending the physician’s approval, a hospice representative will then visit the patient at a time┬áthat meets the needs and schedule of the patient and that of the family and/or primary caregiver.

Choosing a hospice

One of the best ways to choose a hospice is to ask questions. We are more than willing to help you understand all our services and how they might be appropriate for your specific situation.