Hospice is specialized type of care for those facing a life-limiting illness, their families and their caregivers. With Hospice care, attempts to cure a disease are typically replaced with treatments intended solely for pain and suffering, delivered by a specialized team of professionals.
- Hospice care addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
- Hospice care also helps the patient’s family caregivers.
- Hospice care takes place in the patient’s home or in a home-like setting.
- Hospice care 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.
- Hospice care believes the quality of life to be as important as length of life.
Choosing to elect hospice care is an important decision that can greatly benefit the quality of life for a patient with a life-limiting illness in addition to providing support to a patient’s family during a difficult time.