What is hospice?
Hospice is designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life. This special type of care can help people live their life to the fullest in their final months. Hospice also provides support to families who help care for the patient.
The hospice team works with patients wherever they call home, making visits to nursing homes, private homes, assisted living facilities and group homes.
Who is eligible for hospice?
Hospice is available to anyone who has a life expectancy of six months or less and has chosen comfort care, which treats symptoms as they arise, instead of curative care, which is focused on curing a disease. The prognosis is based on your physician’s judgment. This does not mean that a person can only receive hospice care for six months. Care is available for those who choose to receive it as their disease continues to progress.
Hospice is available to patients of all ages with a variety of life-limiting illnesses, including:
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Liver or kidney disease
- Multiple chronic illnesses
- Other conditions related to aging