Is hospice care right for you or your loved one?

For many hospice patients, the familiarity of home offers a great sense of comfort and security. Our hospice care program can be provided any place a patient calls home, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

To help you better understand hospice care, we have provided answers to frequently asked questions by families considering hospice care for their loved ones.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hospice?

Hospice provides comfort and support to patients and families facing the final stages of a terminal illness. The goal of our program is to help your loved one live comfortably, with dignity, when a cure is no longer possible. Our team of specially trained professionals delivers expert medical care, pain management and emotional and spiritual support tailored to the needs of your loved one. Counseling and bereavement support services are available to families before and after a patient’s death.

Does hospice mean we are giving up?

Hospice is about making every day count. When a patient is admitted to hospice, it usually means there is no further curative treatment to offer. As clinicians and caregivers to hospice patients, our focus shifts to improving quality of life. Medical treatment continues to address all of the patient’s symptoms, with a special emphasis on controlling your loved one’s pain and discomfort.

What should I tell my loved one?

Our hospice professionals are here to answer your questions about the dying process. We encourage families to be honest with patients about a terminal prognosis. Though it may be difficult, this is the time for you and your loved one to discuss important family issues that should be resolved. Don’t be afraid to be honest with your loved one and say the things that need to be said.

When is the appropriate time to call hospice?

Hospice care is designed to maximize quality, relationships and experiences at the end of a patient’s life. When a patient is told there is no further curative treatment, a referral to hospice should be made.