Hospice care IS about hope. It provides comfort, dignity and optimal quality of life for people facing a life-limiting illness. Unfortunately, many people miss out on the opportunity to benefit from this comprehensive type of care -- perhaps because they don’t know about it or don’t understand its life-enhancing value. Only about one in three people who are eligible actually receive hospice services. Often, people hear the “hospice” word and think that it means giving up. In fact, many of our patients would tell you that it means just the opposite. Research shows that patients in hospice care are more likely to live longer than patients with comparable diagnoses who are not receiving hospice care. And because of the quality of our care, their quality of life is often much improved.
Through a patient-centered and coordinated model of care, hospice attends to the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of each patient and their family. Hospice care is provided wherever a patient lives – whether in a private home, a long-term care facility or nursing home, assisted living or a retirement community. Patients may also receive hospice care while in the hospital.