What is hospice? Hospice is considered to be the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness. Hospice care involves a team-oriented approach of expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailed to the patient's needs and wishes. Support is provided to the patient's loved ones as well. 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.
How is hospice care provided? Hospice care is provided by a team of professionals and trained volunteers who support the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patient and family. The hospice team meets at least every two weeks to develop and review the personal plan of care for each patient and family. The patient and family are always involved in making decisions about the care they receive. A member of the hospice team is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions and concerns.