What is Hospice?

Hospice is a special way of caring for individuals who are in the final stage of their lives due to a terminal illness. A hospice is defined in the hospice standards as, “a specialized form of multidisciplinary health care which is designed to provide palliative care, and alleviate the physical, emotional, social and spiritual discomforts of an individual who is experiencing the last phase of life due to the existence of a terminal disease.” Hospice services help patients who are no longer seeking aggressive treatment or a medical cure. Hospice care helps those patients who are trying to manage their terminal illness at home or in a home like environment. Hospice care addresses the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the patient and his or her family. The goal of this hospice, as stated in the definition is, to provide supportive care to the primary care giver and the family of the hospice patient. In order for a hospice to be licensed, it must meet the definition of a hospice and provide or make provision for the following services. Skilled nursing services Social services / counseling services Medical direction Bereavement Services Volunteer services In-patient care arrangements
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What is hospice?

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a special way of caring for individuals who are in the final stage of their lives due to a terminal illness. A hospice is defined in the hospice standards as, “a specialized form of multidisciplinary health care which is designed to provide palliative care, and alleviate the physical, emotional, social and spiritual discomforts of an individual who is experiencing the last phase of life due to the existence of a terminal disease.” Hospice services help patients who are no longer seeking aggressive treatment or a medical cure. Hospice care helps those patients who are trying to manage their terminal illness at home or in a home like environment. Hospice care addresses the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the patient and his or her family. The goal of this hospice, as stated in the definition is, to provide supportive care to the primary care giver and the family of the hospice patient. In order for a hospice to be licensed, it must meet the definition of a hospice and provide or make provision for the following services. Skilled nursing services Social services / counseling services Medical direction Bereavement Services Volunteer services In-patient care arrangements
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