Hospice is compassionate care for both patients and families during the end-of-life journey and beyond. It focuses on providing emotional, physical and spiritual support, with emphasis on quality of life. Hospice focuses on keeping the patient at home in familiar surroundings for as long as possible and desired.
Hospice Care is provided by an Interdisciplinary Care Team that supports the medical/physical, emotional, psycho-social and spiritual needs of patients and families. Care Team members can include a physician, registered nurses, a social worker, home health aides, volunteers, a chaplain and bereavement specialists. Other team members also may include a dietitian and a physical, occupational and/or speech therapist. The patient and family are viewed as the primary decision makers and all efforts are made to honor their wishes. Bereavement support for family members is provided for one year after the death of their loved one.