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.
May 13, 2013 - Terminally ill patients who are well supported by religious communities use less hospice care and receive more aggressive medical interventions near death, according to a study published online May 6 in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Dec 20, 2014