The Hospice Insider | May 16, 2016
Hospice is not a place. It’s high-quality care that focuses on comfort and quality of life.
Hospice can take place in a person’s home, nursing home or hospital. No matter where the care takes place, the goal is to help the patient to be as comfortable as possible with symptom management and pain control as well as practical, emotional and spiritual support.
According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), “Hospice affirms the concept of palliative care as an intensive program that enhances comfort and promotes the quality of life for individuals and their families. When cure is no longer possible, hospice recognizes that a peaceful and comfortable death is an essential goal of health care. Hospice believes that death is an integral part of the life cycle and that intensive palliative care focuses on pain relief, comfort and enhanced quality of life as appropriate goals for the terminally ill. Hospice also recognizes the potential for growth that often exists within the dying experience for the individual and his/her family and seeks to protect and nurture this potential.”
Hospice care can help patients in several ways. The hospice team works with the family and the patient. They guide the patient to make choices about how and where they want to spend the rest of their lives, and give medical treatment to provide a high level of comfort, while still maintaining alertness. The goal of the medical treatment is to achieve physical and emotional comfort so the patient and their family can enjoy living life and to continually be encouraged to stay active and enjoy what they love.
To find a hospice in your area, you can call the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) at 800-658-8898.