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What is Hospice?

Rachael Goff and Beth Chaudior, Community Education Representatives Rachael Goff and Beth Chaudior, Community Education Representatives
Scott Andrews, Community Education Representative Scott Andrews, Community Education Representative
Jim Meher, Community Education Representative Jim Meher, Community Education Representative

A special kind of care for dying people, their families and their caregivers that:

  • treats the physical needs of patients and their emotional and spiritual needs,
  • takes place in the patient's home, or in a home-like setting,
  • concentrates on making patients as free of pain and as comfortable as they want to be so they can make the most of the time that remains to them,
  • considers helping family members an essential part of its mission,
  • believes the quality of life to be as important as the length of life.  

More than a million patients and their families have utilized the services of hospice (pronounced "HOS-pis") .

Hospice patients are living with a wide range of diagnoses including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's and lung disease. However, regardless of a patient's condition-or age-hospices open their doors and their hearts to all persons diagnosed with life-limiting illnesses.

Many surviving family members say, "I do not know what I would have done without hospice." Many credit it with helping to make their final days with their loved ones warm and memorable.

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