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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Hospice? - Hospice care provides comfort measures and supportive services to the terminally ill and their families. Hospice care includes medical, emotional, social, and spiritual support to those in the last stages of their life as well as their family. Hospice care relies on the combined knowledge and skills of physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers.

What is Palliative Care? - Palliative care individualized comfort care designed to improve the quality of life for patients who have life-limiting disease, in which the focus is on relieving rathing than curing the symptoms. The main goal of palliative care is to help people who are terminally ill to live more comfortably. Palliative care:

  • Provides pain relief.
  • Offers a support system to help patients live comfortably.
  • Offers a support system to help the family cope during the patients' illness and in their own bereavement.
  • Will enhance quality of life and influence the course of the illness.

How do I choose a Hospice? - Hospice agencies may offer many different services for families and the terminally ill patient. The supportive, comforting, and enlightened staff that specialize in hospice care provide services that enhance the life of those in their care. Hospice care addresses issues of dignity and comfort. The best way to choose a hospice agency is to ask questions. Some questions that might help you determine if a hospice program is right for you are:

  • What services does the hospice provide?
  • What, if any, services does the hospice not provide?
  • Who provides on-call coverage during nights and weekends?
  • How often will hospice staff make home visits?
  • What is expected of the family caregiver?
  • How can hospice supplement the family's responsibilities?
  • What support services does the hospice provide?
  • What support services does the hospice provide after the loved one dies?

What if I am still uncertain about Hospice? - If you are unsure about whether hospice is right for you or your loved one, ask the hospice to perform an evaluation of the patient. A hospice nurse can do an assessment of the patient and then let you know if the hospice would be appropriate now or at a later date.