Hospice is a program of care for patients who are considered to be in the last phase of life. It provides support and help for these patients and for their families.
Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care that recognizes that death is likely near and that improving the quality of life has greater importance than increasing the length of life. Hospice is a special way of caring for a person with a terminal illness.
Hospice services are provided by an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and trained volunteers who address both emotional and medical issues. The Hospice team takes care to preserve the familiar rhythms of the household for patients and their families, to the extent possible.