Through individualized care, hospice provides relief from pain and other stresses of serious and terminal illness, while focusing on a high quality of life for the patient as well as their family members and caregivers. The focus is on helping each person feel comfortable, while still remaining alert and present.
For this end-of-life care, not only do patients get regular help from nurses and medical professionals, but they also often work with a caring team of social workers, therapists, religious leaders and volunteers who help them through the process, and provide comfort and guidance for loved ones as well.
Patients typically receive care in their own home, and in some cases at a nursing home facility. Nursing services are on call any time they are needed, and assistance with personal care, medications, therapies, and equipment are all provided as part of hospice care. Grief support services are also offered for families.
At Jefferson Healthcare Hospice, a holistic approach neither hastens nor postpones death but strives to make each day as meaningful as possible.
Learn how to discuss your loved one’s wishes for end-of-life care at The Conversation Project.