The Washington Post

An accurate way to describe the meaning of hospice

- Marian Grant, Reistersto­wn

The Feb. 19 news article “Carter, longest-living president, opts for home hospice” provided a generally helpful descriptio­n of hospice but included an inaccuracy. It said that hospice is for those who have “chosen to suspend treatment.”

As a certified hospice nurse practition­er and health policy consultant for national hospice organizati­ons, I need to point out that hospice is its own kind of very special medical treatment. Perhaps a better way to describe it would have been to say hospice is a “special treatment for patients who have chosen to focus on comfort, quality of life, and support for themselves and their families.”

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