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Hospice Care is a philosophy of care that focuses on comfort and quality of life for persons with life-threatening and terminal illnesses, rather than curing the patient's disease.
Care, which can be at home or in a person's current residence, aims to help people live as comfortably and as fully as possible by relieving pain and suffering. Hospice Care's focus is on caring, not curing and on life, not death. Because of its focus, families are often involved.
Hospice Care is usually provided in a residential setting by an interdisciplinary team of professionals, family and volunteers. The goal of the team is to ensure that the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of both the client and their family are met. Typically, people do not enter hospice care until their final few months of life.
A Hospice Care Program may provide some or all of the following: pain and symptom management, emotional support, personal care, spiritual support, financial and legal planning, family support and bereavement support.
Most Hospice Care providers are charitable, not-profit groups that provide the services at no cost to the resident.
Because Hospice Care is aimed at relief of suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with a life-threatening illness that is usually at an advanced stage it focuses on comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best comfort for his or her family. A "family" is whoever the person says his or her family is. It may include relatives, partners and friends.
Hospice Care is the main focus of care when a cure for the illness is no longer possible.
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