The hospice goal for care is comfort rather than cure.
Hospice staff works with the patient’s physician to make sure that medication, therapies and procedures are designed to achieve the goals outlined in the patient’s care plan.
- Hospice treats the person, not the disease
- The focus of care depends on what the illness means to the patient and family, the changes it has brought and the adaptation to those changes.
- Hospice emphasizes quality rather than length of life
- Hospice stresses the human values that go beyond the physical needs of the patient and considers relationships as an important part of a person’s life. Every effort is made by the hospice team to enable patients to be as active and involved in life as possible.
- Hospice considers the entire family, not just the patient, to be the focus of care
- The patient and family are admitted to hospice and included in developing and updating the plan of care. Bereavement counseling is provided to the family and any significant persons for at least one year after the patient’s death.
- Hospice offers help and support to the patient and family 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week
- Each patient/family unit is assigned a member of the hospice interdisciplinary team. The team will follow the patient/family through the end of life journey. A hospice nurse is available to answer questions, provide support at any time of the day or night.