Hospice care is provided for patients and their families who have a life-limiting illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Hospice is a way of managing the symptoms of an illness so that the patient can live as comfortably as possible. The staff at hospices provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families during this difficult time.
Hospice care provides care for patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness.
Hospice care is for people with a terminal illness, a life-limiting illness, or an illness that is expected to end within six months. Hospice care can be provided in the patient’s home or another comfortable place of their choosing. It provides comfort and support for patients and their families during this difficult time.
Hospice provides home-like settings for quality of life.
In addition to providing care that is tailored to the individual patient’s needs, hospice also provides home-like settings for quality of life. This is helpful for all types of patients, but is especially useful for those who may have trouble getting around or need extra support in order to maintain their independence.
The majority of hospice services are provided in a patient’s own home so that they can live as normally as possible, even when facing end-of-life challenges. Hospice staff members often visit patients with their families at home and help them make adjustments when necessary—this could include rearranging furniture or adjusting lights and noise levels within the room.
Hospice has no geographic limits.
Hospice care is available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. If you or a loved one are considering hospice, don’t worry about having to travel long distances to receive care. Hospice care can also be done in the comfort of your own home as well.
Hospice is an interdisciplinary approach to care.
Hospice is an interdisciplinary approach to care. It is a philosophy of care that allows for the expertise and resources of multiple disciplines to be brought together in order to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people who have advanced illness and their families. The interdisciplinary team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers to provide comfort measures or pain management; address home care issues; support patient self-care through education; assist with personal needs such as dressing or bathing; help with activities of daily living (ADLs); explaining goals of treatment plans or end-of-life decisions; assisting with nutrition counseling; teaching relaxation techniques such as guided imagery or progressive muscle relaxation exercises (PMREs); promoting spiritual connection through prayer groups or religious services if desired by the patient/family member(s).
Hospice care aims not only at relieving symptoms but also at helping patients live as fully redeemed human beings from their very last days on earth