Hospice is a philosophy of compassionate care that provides comfort for terminally ill patients when curative treatments are no longer an option. The focus of hospice is palliative care, which emphasizes improving a patient’s quality of life by easing their symptoms. Patients and their families may also receive counseling and spiritual support. Hospice care can provide a patient with dignity and peace during their final days.
Patients can receive hospice services in their home, a hospital or a long-term care facility. The types of treatments and amenities a hospice offers will vary. Patients considering hospice care should speak with a physician for a referral to a service that can provide for their specific needs.
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