What is hospice care?

Have you received a terminal diagnosis…or are not responding to treatment? Do you have a late-stage chronic illness that is getting worse and worse? Are you debilitated from treatments and wish to stop seeking a cure?

Hospice care could substantially improve your quality of life if you are experiencing the following:

  • Increased pain, nausea, breathing distress, anxiety or other debilitating symptoms
  • Repeated hospitalizations or ER trips
  • Failure to “bounce back” after medical setbacks
  • Increasing assistance needed for walking, eating, bathing, dressing and/or toileting
  • Decreasing alertness, emotional withdrawal, increased sleeping, difficulty with comprehension

And, your family is:

  • Physically or emotionally exhausted due to caregiving responsibilities
  • Overwhelmed by the growing number of physical, financial, emotional and spiritual concerns because of the illness
  • Seeking better understanding of the disease process
  • In need of emotional/grief support for the whole family, including children

Hospice is a positive option for anyone of any age, with any life-limiting disease; it is provided when it is believed patients have six months, or less, to live. While many hospice patients have cancer, hospice care provides great comfort and support for patients with all types of illnesses, including heart, lung, kidney, vascular and neuromuscular diseases, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementias, AIDS and birth defects. Hospice care can also be beneficial for people who are in a severe state of decline due to frailty or other disorders associated with aging.

Care and services are provided by a highly specialized team of physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, aides, clergy and volunteers. Together, they help patients and families live life to the fullest extent possible, and help them address the wide array of issues that arise at the end of life. In addition, they provide bereavement support for family members of all ages following the death of their loved ones.

The costs of hospice care are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most other insurance plans.

Learn more about how hospice improves quality of life by providing specialized medical, emotional and spiritual care for those facing a terminal illness.