Ex­plore hos­pice op­tions for end-of-life care

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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.

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