What is Hospice?
The decision to begin hospice care is yours. The discussion generally begins between you and your primary care doctor. We understand that hospice is a personal choice and should be made when you or your loved ones feel it is time to focus on comfort rather than cure. Research shows that hospice care is most beneficial when started early, with many of our patients and families telling us they wish they had chosen hospice care sooner.
Hospice care is about understanding your feelings, anticipating your needs, while supporting the choices you and your loved ones make. We consider every one individually and find the best possible type of care or support needed. Hospice care is about facing the end of your life on your terms, and partnered with a team of caregivers uniquely trained to help you do just that.
H – O – S – P – I – C – E
H = Help
When it is needed most
O = Options
Because you have treatment choices: where, when, why and how
S = Support
24 hours a day, 7 days a week
P = Peace
Of mind, body and spirit through individualized pain and symptom control, nursing care, spiritual and emotional counseling, and guidance
I = Independence
Respecting and fulfilling your treatment choices
C = Compassion
Providing the care you need to make you feel safe and help lessen your worries
E = Empathy
Understanding your feelings, anticipating your needs, supporting you and your loved ones