What is Hospice?
Hospice is a special kind of care for people with life- limiting illnesses, their families and their caregivers that:
- Treats the physical needs of patients as well as their emotional and spiritual needs.
- Offers palliative, rather than curative care, which focuses on the quality of life.
- Concentrates on making patients as free of pain and as comfortable as they want to be so they can make the most of the time that remains.
- It is not a place, but a concept of care. This compassionate form of care can be in various settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and, most often, in the patient’s own home.
- Considers helping family members an essential part of its mission.
- Believes the quality of life to be as important as the length of life.
- Has changed over the years. Many years ago, a hospice was a shelter for travelers. Over the years, it has evolved into a refuge where people can find comfort, support and care during difficult times in their life’s journey.