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Hospices are dedicated to providing compassionate hospice care of the highest quality, to serve the needs of terminally ill patients and their families. The term "Hospice" comes from the root word Hospitality. In medieval times, hospice was a place of shelter for travelers on a difficult journey. I'm sure you would agree that no journey in life is more difficult than that of those suffering a terminal illness. Hospice provides End of Life Care for people with varied diagnoses in the end stages of the illness. These include, but are not limited to, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Alzheimer's disease or dementia, multiple sclerosis, renal failure, cancer and AIDS. The services Hospice provides are comprehensive, efficient, clinically effective, and enhanced by education and research programs.
Hospice is a unique philosophy of care specially designed to meet the needs of the terminally ill. Hospice care focuses on quality of life and encourages each patient to live life fully and with dignity. Hospice care is different because it is comfort-oriented. Hospice is intended to ease pain without curing, neither shortening nor prolonging death. This care is patient-and-family-centered and is designed to address the needs of the family unit at this difficult time. Henry Ford Hospice is committed to ensuring the quality of life and respecting the choices of the patient and family. Our team of hospice experts offer a wide variety of specialized services designed to meet the patient's needs. Currently the hospice interdisciplinary team is comprised of: Physician Registered Nurse On-call Nurse Certified Health Aide Social Worker Chaplain Volunteers Dietician Pharmacist The team works together daily and meets weekly to discuss the medical plan of care and the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient.
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