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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury, and should include medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support geared to the patient's needs and wishes. The goal of the care is to help the patient have peace, comfort, and dignity.  Support should be provided to the patient's loved ones as well.

When is the right time to ask about hospice?

When a disease or illness is diminishing the quality of life, this is the best time to learn more about hospice care and ask questions about what to expect.  Although end-of-life care may be difficult to discuss, it is best for family members to share their wishes long before it becomes a concern.  This can greatly reduce stress when the time for hospice is needed.  By having these discussions in advance, patients are not forced into uncomfortable situations.  Instead, patients can make an educated decision that includes the advice and input of family members and loved ones.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a recent medical specialty that has emerged -- and no, it's not the same as hospice. It doesn't serve only the dying. Instead, it focuses more broadly on improving life and providing comfort to people of all ages with serious, chronic, and life-threatening illnesses.

When is Palliative Care appropriate?

Palliative care can begin as soon as a patient is diagnosed with a serious illness.  Palliative care doesn't mean that a person has given up on recovery. Some patients recover and move out of palliative care, while others with chronic diseases may move in and out of palliative care as the need arises. If cure of a life-threatening disease takes a long time, palliative care can improve the quality of patients' lives.

Does Hospice mean giving up hope?

No, Hospice does not mean "giving up hope", but it may mean changing what you hope for.  Hospice focuses on maximizing the quality of life based on individual's choices, so that the person may live life as fully as possible for as long as possible.

Is Hospice care only for elderly individuals and cancer patients?

Hospice care is for individuals of all ages who are facing a life-threatening illness and care is available to all terminally ill individuals and their families, regardless of diagnosis.  

Does entering Hospice mean that the patient will soon die?

Receiving hospice care does not necessarily mean that death is imminent. The earlier an individual receives hospice care, the more opportunity there is to stabilize the medical condition or conditions and address other needs. While hospice care is generally focused on patients where life expectancy is six months or less, some individuals actually improve and may be discharged from hospice care. They can then be re-admitted later if and when it is necessary.

Is Hospice just for the patient?

Hospice caregivers provide comfort care to patients, as well as respite and emotional support to family members. Quality of life, not just for the patient, but also family members and others who are caregivers, is the number one priority.


References:
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/
http://www.optimalcare.com/