If your or a loved one has been given a prognosis of six months or less, hospice offers the symptom management, pain control and personal care you need to remain at home in comfort and with dignity as your illness runs its course.
Choosing a hospice provider is vital to receiving the kind and quality of care you want near the end of life. Here is a list of articles that cover the "who, what, when, where and why" of hospice care to help you make the most informed decisions.
Who Is on the Hospice Team?
Every hospice patient and their family are taken care of by an interdisciplinary team of hospice professionals, such as a physician, nurse, hospice aide, social worker chaplain, volunteer and bereavement specialist. Here's a look inside at what they do:
What Can I Expect with Hospice?
There are many myths and misconceptions about hospice. These articles will explain what hospice is and what it is not:
When Is Hospice Right?
When is it time to think about hospice? Experts agree that hospice care is most beneficial when it's provided for months, rather than weeks or days. These articles can help you or your loved one make the transition to hospice care when the time is right:
Where Does Someone Receive Hospice Care?
Hospice care is brought to seriously ill patients wherever they call home-a private residence, assisted living community or nursing home. These articles explain more:
Most people with serious illness wish to be comfortable at home, surrounded by the people and things they love. Evidence indicates that, given enough time, hospice care can greatly improve quality of life for the patient and their family. These articles can help you decide if hospice is the right choice for you or a loved one: