What is Hospice?
Hospice is a health care specialty that provides comfort, support, and education to patients with life limited health conditions as well as their families/caregivers.
At the center of hospice and palliative care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. Hospice focuses on caring, not curing and, in most cases, care is provided in the patient’s home.
The Hospice Philosophy
Hospice recognizes dying as a normal process, whether or not is results from disease. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice exists in the hope and belief that, through appropriate care and the promotion of a caring, sensitive community, patients and their families may be free to attain some degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is comfortable to them.
Hospice affirms life by providing support and care for persons in the last phases of incurable disease so that they might live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice care is dedicated to support the dignity of the human experience. It is designed to help patients live at home, stay as active as possible, and express and accept their feelings. The Hospice program provides palliative care and therapeutic relief of the symptoms and stressors which may diminish the quality of life for terminally ill patients and their families.
Hospice treats the whole person by considering all aspects of the lives the patients and their families as valid areas of therapeutic concern. Those involved in the process of dying have a variety of physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs. The nature of dying is so unique for each person that the goal of hospice care is to be sensitive and responsible to the special requirements of each individual and family.