Hospice Care Overview
Hospice care usually involves relieving symptoms and providing psychological and social support for the patient and family. The goal of hospice care is to provide the terminally ill patient peace, comfort, and dignity.
Hospice Care Statistics
Less than half of hospice recipients are cancer patients. The five leading non-cancer conditions admitted to hospice are end-stage heart disease, dementia, feebleness, lung disease, and end-stage renal disease.
Types of Hospice Care Services
The goal of hospice is to provide comfort and care, not "cure" the illness or disease. Types of hospice care services provided depend on the patient's needs and preferences.
Hospice or Palliative Care: Management
Hospice is made up of a team of caregivers who specialize in end-of-life care. This team usually includes doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides, or trained volunteers. Usually a family member or close friend is chosen as the main caregiver. The main caregiver helps the patient make important decisions.
Hospices Offer Comfort at Life's End
As medical progress prolongs our lives, the end can linger. So, more and more people are turning to hospice care.
Hospice and Palliative Care: Planning
When people begin to think about their own or their loved one's death, many spiritual and ethical issues arise. This is can be a hard topic for the family and caregivers to talk about. They should listen to the patient and help him or her sort through these issues.
Hospice and Palliative Care: Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death
Although we can never predict exactly when a terminally ill person will die, we know when the time is getting close by a combination of signs and symptoms. Not all of these signs will appear at the same time, and some may never appear at all.