Definition: - literal meaning "a place of shelter." Today it refers to supportive care of a terminally ill patient.
Hospice care is really a coordinated health care program that provides comfort to patients and supportive care to patients and their loved ones in both home and facility-based settings.
Hospice care does not mean giving up on life.
Hospice care does mean living life to its fullest.
The primary focus of hospice care is on enhancing quality of life for the patient and loved ones.
Physical, social, emotional and spiritual care is provided by a medically-directed interdisciplinary team.
The team usually includes:
- The patient
- Care givers
- Medical doctors
- Registered nurses
- Home health aides
- Social workers
- Chaplains and other counselors