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Hospice is a not a place, it is special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.

Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized knowledge of medical care, including pain management.The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient's last days by offering comfort and dignity 

Hospice Care:

  • is provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family members.
  • addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling a patient's pain and discomfort.
  • deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of the disease on the patient and the patient's family and friends.
  • offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families before and after a patient's death.

Video Series

The six-video sequence shown below was produced by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The videos will play in sequential order. You can also choose the topic you would like to view by clicking the icon next to the play button at the bottom of the screen; or use the arrow keys on the right and left to skip to the topic you would like to view.

The topics are:

  1. Understanding Hospice Care - An Introduction
  2. What is Hospice Care?
  3. Types of Hospice Care Services
  4. When to Begin Hospice
  5. Paying for Hospice Care
  6. Choosing a Hospice