Hospice is a way of caring for people who are terminally ill. The goal of hospice is to keep a person with a terminal or end stage illness at home with their family and friends who care for them. Patients and their families are helped by a team of hospice professionals and volunteers so that they may live their last months in comfort and with dignity.
Hospice care is designed to relieve the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial pain experienced by terminally ill patients and their families.
Hospice humanizes the process of dying; it neither prolongs life nor hastens death. It allows patients with life-limiting illnesses, who frequently recognize when cure and curative treatments are no longer options, to focus on the quality of life and live out their lives as fully and comfortably as possible.
Sep 15, 2010 - Terminal cancer patients who die in the hospital have higher distress levels and worse quality of life at the end of life than those who die at home with hospice care, and their bereaved caregivers are more likely to experience psychiatric illness, according to research published online Sept. 13 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.