What Is Hospice?
Contrary to what some believe, hospice is NOT a place where people go to die.
In fact, hospice is not a "place" at all. Rather, it is an "approach" and a "philosophy" of compassion, support and symptom management.The hospice philosophy is one of caring for patients whose medical conditions are not responding to treatment or for patients who choose not to seek aggressive medical care for their conditions. It is a program for patients who are considered terminal and are expected to live for six months or less if the disease follows its natural course... although many patients outlive this time frame.
The hospice philosophy focuses on comfort care, not curative care. The goal of this care is for the patient to be as comfortable and pain-free as possible while receiving emotional, psychological and spiritual support if the patient and/or family members choose to avail themselves of these types of services.
Kaiser Health News has written a very informative and moving article about hospice by called "Toward A Beautiful Death". It talks about a Consumer Reports guide to end-of-life planning for families, offers tips for caregivers and individuals, and includes a YouTube video profiling one man's "beautiful death" at home.
Hospice care can be provided in the home, in a long term care facility, in an assisted-living facility or in a hospice inpatient facility (such as one of Hospice of Hamilton’s four home-like care centers).
If you would like to learn more about Hospice of Hamilton or hospice care in general, please feel free to call 513-891-7700. Our experienced professionals would be honored to answer your questions!