While we serve the terminally ill and address the issues around that process, hospice care has always focused on the life itself and helping patients and their families as they work through the final stages of human life. We believe in living with hope and dying with dignity.
At hospice we believe that death is a natural part of the life cycle, and that when it becomes inevitable it is our job neither to hasten nor postpone it. Instead, we wish to preserve the remaining life and allow our patients to get the most out of the time they have left. Psychological, emotional, and spiritual pain is often as significant as physical pain and other symptoms, and relief requires the skill and approach of an interdisciplinary team.
Our purpose is to enhance the quality of life for the terminally ill, and to support the family in caring for and keeping their loved one comfortable in the home. The goal of our program is to support patients who no longer wish to continue curative treatment or when the side effects of curative therapies outweigh potential long-term benefits.
If you are considering hospice care for your family member please look at the following list which highlights some of the most important considerations to be addressed. The list is by no means all inclusive, and we ask you to keep in mind that patients and their families are usually able to better determine their own particular care needs: