Learn About Hospice
Hospice services are available to individuals who can no longer benefit from treatment that is directed at curing their disease.
The typical hospice patient has a life expectancy of six months or less. Most receive care at home. Services are provided by a team of trained professionals and volunteers who make a full range of services available to the patient and the family. Under the direction of a physician, the team strives for pain and symptom control to enable the patient to live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice does not act as the primary caregiver; rather hospice supports the family, or caregiver, in providing care. Hospice help is always a phone call away.
How Hospice Is Different
Hospice is not a place, rather it's a philosophy of care.
Most people receive hospice in their own homes. But hospice is available wherever you are living including assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
Hospice offers palliative, rather than curative treatment.
Under the direction of a physician, hospice uses sophisticated methods of pain and symptom control that enable the patient to live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Hospice treats the person, not the disease.
The interdisciplinary hospice team is made up of professionals who address the medical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patient and loved ones.
Hospice emphasizes quality, rather than length of life.
Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
Hospice considers the entire family, not just the patient.
Patients and their loved ones are included in the decision-making process, and bereavement counseling is provided to the family after the death of their loved one.
Hospice offers help and support to the patient and family on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week basis.
For hospice patients and their loved ones, help is just a phone call away.
We believe the best time to learn about hospice, and ask about hospice, is before hospice services are needed.