Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death.
Hospice is a way of caring for people with a life-threatening or terminal illness. The program is designed to offer health care and services to meet the special needs of patients and their loved ones.
The heart of Hospice is the interdisciplinary team. A group of dedicated professionals who provide comfort, care, and compassion to those for whom a cure is no longer possible. The team is comprised of the patient’s physician, a medical director, registered nurses, medical social workers, chaplains, home health aides, registered dieticians, and trained community volunteers. Together with the patient’s family, they help to make the remaining time of life meaningful and hopeful.
The two top priorities of hospice care are relief from pain and creating opportunities for open communication.
When the focus of care shifts from cure to comfort, hospice offers expert medical care and the human compassion needed by most patients and their families. Hospice care can relieve the pain and keep symptoms under control, allowing the patient to be better able to participate in daily life at home with privacy and dignity.