Hospice and Palliative Care
What Is Hospice?
Hospice is personalized medical care and emotional comfort for patients and families facing the last stages of a life-limiting illness. The philosophy is to care for the patient's mind, body and spirit and to support their families so they can enjoy each day they have together.
Hospice care emphasizes physical comfort, pain relief, symptom management and addresses the patient's emotional, psychological, spiritual, social and financial needs. Bereavement and counseling services are also an integral part of hospice services.
Most hospice care is provided in the comfort of a person's home. However, if the needs become too great, or the caregiver needs some respite, care can be provided in a variety of settings.