Explore hospice options for end-of-life care
Hospice refers to a style of care that focuses on maximizing quality of life when facing the end stages of a disease for which there is no other course of treatment or when treatment becomes counterproductive. Palliative care is provided, which helps a patient to be more comfortable and content.
Thousands of people turn to hospice when facing a life-limiting illness. According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, hospice involves a team-oriented approach to medical care and pain management as well as emotional and spiritual support. Care plans are specifically tailored to a patient’s wishes and needs.
Hospice is not only directed toward the person experiencing a life-limiting illness or injury, but is also designed to offer support and resources to family members to help them better cope with the end of a loved one’s life.
Hospice takes on many forms but focuses on caring for, but not curing, an individual. Hospice care is often administered in a person’s home, but it also can occur in freestanding hospice centers, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals.