Hospice care is end-of-life care. A team of health care professionals and volunteers provides it. They give medical, psychological, and spiritual support. The goal of the care is to help people who are dying have peace, comfort, and dignity. The caregivers try to control pain and other symptoms so a person can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs also provide services to support a patient's family.
Usually, a hospice patient is expected to live 6 months or less. Hospice care can take place
- At home
- At a hospice center
- In a hospital
- In a skilled nursing facility
NIH: National Cancer Institute
- Choices for Care When Treatment May Not Be an Option (National Cancer Institute) Also in Spanish
- End of Life (Hospice Care) (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- End of Life (Supporting a Terminally Ill Loved One) (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research) Also in Spanish
- End of Life: Caring for Someone Who Is Dying (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
- Hospice Care
- What Are Palliative Care and Hospice Care? (National Institute on Aging) Also in Spanish
- Where Can I Find Care for a Dying Relative (National Institute on Aging)
Statistics and Research
- FastStats: Hospice Care (National Center for Health Statistics)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Hospice Care (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Challenges for palliative care day services: a focus group study.
- Article: Spiritual care practices in hospices in the Western cape, South Africa:...
- Article: Pharmacist-Run Medication Reconciliation for Veterans Admitted to Non-Veterans Affairs Hospice Care.
- Hospice Care -- see more articles