Hospice emphasizes palliative (comfort) rather than curative treatment; quality rather than quantity of life. The dying are comforted. Professional medical care is given, and sophisticated symptom relief provided. The patient and family are both included in the care plan and emotional, spiritual and practical support is given based on the patient's wishes and family's needs. Hospice care is provided to patients who have limited life expectancy. Although most hospice patients are cancer patients, hospice accepts anyone regardless of age or type of illness. These patients have also made a decision to spend their last months at home or in a home-like setting.
Hospice offers trained volunteers (see Volunteer) who can offer rest periods for family members as well as meaningful support to the patient. Hospice also offers short-term hospitalizations for those with hard-to-control symptoms and up to five (5) days of respite care for caregiver relief.
Hospice affirms life and regards dying as a normal process. Hospice neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice provides personalized services and a caring community so that patients and families can attain the necessary preparation for a death that is satisfactory to them.
Our Hospice team is made up of a Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Social Worker, Chaplain, CNA and trained Volunteers.
Hospice is available 24 hours a day to our patients and their families.