Hospice Care Definition & Meaning

What Is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is end-of-life care. A team of health care professionals and volunteers provides it. They give medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort, and dignity.

Hospice care is for people who are nearing the end of life.

Hospice or comfort care as it is sometimes called is a collection of services provided by a team of health care professionals who share the collective goal of maximizing a patient’s comfort by reducing pain and addressing their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

To help families, hospice care also provides counseling, respite care and practical support.

Unlike other traditional medical care modalities, the focus of hospice care isn’t to cure disease. The of hospice care is to support the highest quality of life possible for the individual.

Who can benefit from hospice care?

Home hospice care is for a terminally ill person who’s expected to have six months or less to live.

Many people who receive hospice care have cancer, while others have heart disease, dementia, kidney failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Research and broadly reported personal experience suggests enrolling in hospice care early helps patients live better and live longer.

Hospice care can ease some of the burden put on family, and caregivers and may decreases the family’s likelihood of having complicated grief while preparing the loved ones and family members for their loved one’s death.

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