Hospice compassionately cares for people who are near the close of life. Hospice and palliative care focus on how terminally-ill persons and their loved ones live each day, providing comfort and guidance along the way.
A common misconception about hospice care is that you are ‘giving up’ or that ‘there’s nothing left for the doctor to do,’ and this is absolutely wrong. Hospice is not about giving up, but is about maximizing the quality of life, no matter how long that might be.
When a cure is no longer possible, hospice provides the type of care most people say they want at the end of life – comfort and quality of life.
Hospice care is delivered by a team of caregivers, which includes physicians, nurses, certified nurses assistants, social workers, spiritual and bereavement counselors, and volunteers, all fully trained and experienced in end-of-life care. Complementary therapists and other specialists may complete the team.