Where is hospice care provided?

Hospice is not a place. It is a philosophy of care that can be provided wherever patients live—in their own homes, nursing facilities, assisted living communities or at inpatient hospice centers. Most hospice patients choose—and are able—to stay wherever they call home.

This is possible because hospice provides a team of experts who give care, support and education that enable families to meet their loved ones’ needs at the end of life. Services that are provided in the home include:

  • Medical and nursing care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Aide services
  • Drugs and medical supplies related to the terminal illness
  • Extended nurse visits for symptom management
  • Family education
  • Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family
  • Massage and music therapy; art expression
  • Volunteer support for the patient and/or family
  • Assistance at the time of death
  • Bereavement support

As care needs change, arrangements can be made for care in a nursing or assisted living facility or at a specially designed hospice inpatient center.

Patients in a nursing home have access to the same services as those living in private homes. The hospice care team oversees the patient’s plan of care, while relying on the facility staff to provide the round-the-clock care the family would provide in a private home.

A hospice inpatient center is an ideal option when patients have acute or fluctuating medical issues that require constant monitoring and/or intensive pain and symptom management.

Your hospice care team will work with you to determine the care setting that best fits your needs, and will explain fully if a change in care setting becomes necessary.

Learn more about how hospice care can help you manage pain and symptoms so you can stay at home.