What is Hospice Care?
Formally speaking, hospice care is that which can be provided to patients with a life expectancy of six months or less. Rather than seeking a cure, hospice care aims to make their remaining time with us as comfortable and as meaningful as possible. This may mean pain relief and nursing care, but also includes emotional support and help with everyday tasks.
Under this broader way of thinking about end of life care, the needs of family, friends, and caregivers are also taken into account. Center for Hospice Care recognizes that loved ones are also on a difficult journey and may benefit from support, expert advice, and services that we can provide.
Inpatient, outpatient, and respite care
When most people think of hospice care, they think of an inpatient facility or hospital. Hospice can provide inpatient care for those in nursing or other facilities but we can also help those who wish to remain in their own homes. Many people want to stay in a familiar environment and remain as close as possible to loved ones. We believe hospice care should be available where the patient lives, no matter where that is.
Understandably, providing care to a terminally ill person can be emotionally difficult and physically stressful. Hospice services can include respite care, where we offer caregivers a short break to rest and recharge.
Hospice services after a patient has died
For those left behind, Center for Hospice Care continues to provide assistance. We offer a range of bereavement support services for adults and children.