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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly-asked hospice questions here.

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