Hospice is not a “place” – it is a set of specialized services to help patients and families cope with a terminal illness.
Hospices specialize in serving patients with a terminal illness. While these illnesses are not curable, a lot can be done to make patients more comfortable and help them do things that are important to them at this stage of their life.
The focus of hospice care is on improving and maintaining patients’ and their families’ quality of life. By expertly managing pain and other symptoms, hospice helps individuals to live as well as possible.
Hospice care uses a team approach to patient care. Hospice staff includes doctors, nurses, home health aides, social workers, spiritual care providers and other healthcare professionals.