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At United Hospice of Columbia, we strive to add life to days when days cannot be added to life. Our team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, bereavement counselors, administrators, and volunteers work together to treat each patient holistically by offering a unique, interdisciplinary perspective on end-of-life care. Hospice care works to manage all symptoms of a disease while placing a special emphasis on managing pain and discomfort. We strive to afford the patient comfort that extends beyond the medical realm, though, by addressing the emotional, social, and spiritual impact of the disease on their families and themselves. Counseling services and bereavement support continue to be offered after the patient has passed, and we consider it one of our major responsibilities to make sure the patient’s family members are able to cope with the loss.
Hospice is a special form of medical care that provides comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. Hospice utilizes a holistic approach that treats the unique medical, spiritual, emotional, and social issues a patient faces when they reach the end of their life. A special emphasis is placed on managing a patient's pain and discomfort. Bereavement and counseling services are offered to families before and after a patient's death. Care is provided for the patient and family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Hospice care can be given in the patient's home, a hospital, nursing home, or private hospice facility.
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