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To affirm life during its final stages by providing holistic compassionate care to patients and their families; by providing access to hospice care for underserved or difficult to serve populations; by wise and efficient use of available resources, and by educating the community.
Hospice affirms life and does not hasten or postpone death.
The hospice philosophy of care accepts death as the final stage of life. It focuses on quality rather than length of life. The goal of hospice is to enable patients to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.
Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease.
Hospice may be the right choice if you or your loved one has an illness with a prognosis of less than 6 months and have chosen to receive " palliative" as opposed to " curative" care. What this simply means is shifting the focus from curing a disease to maximizing the comfort, dignity and care of the individual. Palliative care consists of relief of pain and nausea, as well as psychological, social and spiritual support services.
Hospice care is family-centered care.
It involves the patient and the family in making decisions. Care is provided for the patient and family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.