What is hospice care? Is it the right fit for my loved one?
The Hospice Foundation of America defines hospice simply as “a special concept of care, focused on providing comfort, relieving pain and offering support for persons with life-limiting health conditions.” Hospice care is an option for terminally ill individuals. Hospice provides patients and their family members with the highest-quality end-of-life care, with special emphasis on pain control and symptom management so that patients may live with dignity and comfort in the last six months of life. Hospice also offers emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families.
A little history…
As a practice, hospice care can be traced back to 1967 when Dr. Cicely Saunders established Saint Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, England. Saint Christopher’s Hospice became the model for comprehensive end-of-life care. When asked why she chose the name hospice, Dr. Saunders replied, “…this will be something between a hospital and a home, with the skills of one and the hospitality, warmth and time of the other.”
Hospice care may be provided in a number of places…in one’s own home or that of a loved one, in a hospice inpatient unit, a hospital, nursing facility or assisted living center. Hospice encompasses more than just pain management and providing physical comfort. It also helps the patient and their loved ones come to terms with and understand what is happening as a person is dying.
Halcyon Hospice provides care throughout the southeast United States. Anyone can make a referral for services, including patients, physicians or family members. Call us and our staff will help guide you through the decision-making process.
Visit our Hospice FAQ Page for answers to more questions.
Hospice staff offer 24-hour on-call assistance and provide services, based on patient and medical needs, seven days a week, 365 days a year.