What is Hospice Care?
Hospice is care designed to provide comfort to patients who have been given a prognosis of less than six months to live. In simpler terms, hospice is about allowing a dying person to have a good death.
Focused not on curing the illness, but on caring for the person's comfort, hospice care is provided by a team that sees to the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient. Hospice also helps family members manage the practical responsibilities and emotional challenges of providing care for a dying loved one. The hospice team comprises a number of specialists, generally including:
- The patient's personal physician
- Hospice physician or medical director
- Hospice Nurse(s)
- Home health aides
- Social workers
- Spiritual counselors (includes grief counselors and clergy, often continuing to provide services after the patient has died)
- Hospice volunteers
For more information please visit our hospice FAQ page.