Basic Hospice Services

Through a team of healthcare professionals, hospice provides:

  • Medications and other methods of pain and symptom control.
  • Additional medications, medical equipment and supplies necessary to promote comfort at home or in other hospice settings.
  • Medical care focused on maintaining patient comfort, including frequent assessment and help for family members.
  • Assistance with personal care and activities of daily living.
  • Coordination of community resources and help to the patient and family with non-medical concerns. They can help family members mend damaged relationships, plan for the future and ease other emotional difficulties.
  • Help coping with spiritual questions and concerns at the end of life, either directly or by coordinating services with the patient's and family's spiritual advisors.
  • Bereavement services to help patients and families deal with grief. Grief support services continue for 13 months after the death of a hospice patient.
  • Volunteers to provide companionship and emotional support and offer help in many different ways.

Hospice is primarily a concept of care, rather than a specific place. Services are provided wherever you call home: your family residence, a nursing home, an assisted living facility, an inpatient unit, or a hospital. Hospice services have even been provided in hotel rooms and homeless shelters. It's truly about meeting patients where they are - with the care that's right for them.