About Hospice Care
What is Hospice?
Hospice care is a type of service provided to people who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting disease. Hospice services can refer to hospice nursing, where a nurse goes to the patient’s residential home or nursing home to administer medications and in certain cases, it can refer to health aides and companions who visit a patient at home while he or she is recovering from an injury or illness and it can also refer to around-the-clock care by social workers, doctors or any other type of caregiver. Read More
What to Expect
“Hospice care” refers to a team of nurses, qualified doctors, therapists, social workers and other people who provide care, support and help to a person with a life-limiting illness in order to minimize their discomfort and live with dignity. Instead of going to a frail care facility or nursing home, one of the many hospice facilities can be contacted to find out what type of hospice services they provide. Read More
What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?
The main difference between hospice care and palliative care is the type of medical treatment offered to the patients. Once a physician has determined that the patient has a life-limiting illness, the patient can receive hospice services as well as palliative care. Hospice support, however, is usually provided to people who will no longer benefit from medical treatment (in other words, the hospice services are focused on providing the patient with care during the last stages of their life-limiting illness). Read More
What to Consider Before Choosing Hospice Care
Hospice services often include hospice nursing services where a skilled nurse will help administer medications and help the patient with any discomfort. There are different levels of hospice care, but the most common type of hospice care is called “routine home care”, where the team provides their services at the patient’s home (this can be a nursing home or a private residence). Other levels of hospice support include acute care, where the team will go to the hospital (if the patient doesn’t have a counselor or the appropriate medical staff) as well as a hospice house, which serves as a home-like haven for patients receiving hospice care. Read More