The purpose of hospice is to provide individualized and ethical care to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and practical needs of people in the last phase of life. Hospice reflects a spirit and philosophy of caring that emphasizes comfort and dignity for the dying. Hospice makes it possible for the dying to remain independent for as long as possible, by emphasizing control of pain and other symptoms, and dying in familiar surroundings. Hospice care is centered on the patient, family and caregiver. Hospice personnel respects and responds to the unique differences in family or caregiver, lifestyle, values and wishes.
Using an interdisciplinary team approach of hospice personnel, (physician, nurse, social worker, home health aide, volunteer, spiritual counseling, bereavement counseling and others) hospice provides palliative care in the patient’s home, short-term inpatient care, mobilization, coordination of ancillary services and bereavement support.
Hospice affirms life. Hospice believes that through appropriate care and the promotion of a caring attitude, patients, families or caregivers are free to attain a degree of mental preparation for a death that is satisfying to them.
Hospice is primarily engaged in providing the following services and does so in a manner that is consistent with accepted standards of practice.