Hospice for Cancer Patients
Cancer patients account for just under half of all those receiving assistance from Center for Hospice Care.
Hospice care usually begins at the point where medical professionals and patients agree that the cancer can no longer be cured and the patient has a prognosis of six months or less. Rather than continue treatment, the focus shifts to quality of life, pain relief, and emotional and spiritual support.
Our aim is to make sure those in our care have the most comfortable, richest experience possible towards the end of life. This can involve help at home from medical professionals, social workers, chaplains, bereavement specialists, and sometimes volunteers.
Research cited by the National Cancer Institute has shown that hospice care can improve quality of life for terminal cancer patients.
Of course, should there be signs of improvement, hospice care can be suspended and active cancer treatment can be re-started. We keep our patients’ doctors involved in the process all the way through.
Hospice services for the friends and relatives of terminal cancer patients
Center for Hospice Care also provides a range of support services for caregivers and family members of those receiving hospice treatment, up to and including respite care for those looking after someone at home.
Making the transition to hospice care
The decision to transition from active cancer-fighting treatment to hospice care can be a very difficult one to make, and we are always available to discuss it with those diagnosed with terminal cancer or their loved ones, friends, and caregivers. If you would like more information about how we can help, don’t hesitate to get in touch.