What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is a special kind of care that focuses on terminally ill people nearing the end of life. Hospice care covers a range of services, and a team of health care professionals typically provides it. It focuses on providing compassionate care and comfort or palliative care, not on curing a disease.
Hospice prevents unnecessary hospitalizations and aims to maximize the patient’s comfort by reducing pain and attending to other physical needs. Moreover, hospice care addresses psychological, social, and spiritual needs for patients, caregivers, and families. It relieves caregiver burden and stress and provides counseling for patients and their families through the end-of-life process.
As part of hospice services, the patients receive palliative care, which aims to provide comfort and reduce pain and other symptoms as much as possible.v