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What is Hospice and Palliative Care?

Hospice and Palliative Care are philosophies of care. The two practices share the same core principles. Our community’s mission is to deliver patient-centered, family supported comfort and care at the end-of-life. Delivered by teams of clinicians, volunteers, and, if desired, faith-based leaders, hospice and palliative care services offer medical care, pain relief and most importantly - hope.

Hospice Care
Hospice Care is not always a place – but rather, a philosophy of care (including palliative care) extended to patients and families approaching the final months of life. When the cure of a serious illness is no longer an achievable goal, hospice professionals partner with a patient and family members to promote physical, emotional and spiritual comfort. Hospice care is most often provided wherever a patient calls home, surrounded by family, friends and memories.

Ten Most Important Facts About Hospice

Palliative Care
Palliative Care provides relief from the pain and symptoms associated with a serious illness. Care may be provided and/or managed by an advanced practice nurse (one who has achieved additional medical training and education) or, a physician who has achieved certification in hospice and palliative care.

Palliative care is appropriate during any phase of a serious illness, the goal of which is to empower the patient (and family) to enjoy the best possible quality of life.

 

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