Hospice is a specialized care service designed for individuals in the final stages of terminal illness that have a life expectancy of less than six months.
Hospice care is focused on providing comfort and quality of life to patients by easing their suffering, creating peace and preserving dignity.
A team of health care professionals and volunteers provide supplemental care to manage symptom relief, provide medications, medical supplies as well as support for the patient’s emotional, social and spiritual needs. Pain management is an important part of ‘comfort care’ and skillfully maintained throughout end of life. The Hospice team also offers help and resources for family members in the way of emotional support, grief counseling and other services that help ease the stress they may be experiencing. Hospice Care costs are covered by Medicare benefits, Medicaid (state assistance) and most private insurance plans.
Hospice care can be provided in all care settings, including:
• Patient’s Home
• Hospice Center
• Skilled Nursing Facility
• Adult Family Home
• Assisted Living
• Memory Care Facility
More information can be found at your doctor’s office, local clinics and hospitals. Other helpful resources:
Oregon Hospice Association: www.oregonhospice.org
Washington State Hospice and Palliative Care Organization : www.wshpco.org
The National Association for Home Care and Hospice : www.nahc.org
Hospice Medicine Foundation : www.hospicemedicinefoundation.org
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine : www.aahpm.org
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization : www.nhpco.org
National Institute of Health : www.nih.gov