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What is hospice care?

Hospice care is for a patient who has a terminal diagnosis and is usually no longer seeking curative treatment. It focuses on relieving symptoms and supporting patients who are expected to live for months. Hospice care is provided in the home or inpatient setting.

How do I know if hospice care is right for me?

It may be right for you if you suffer from pain and other symptoms due to a serious, life threatening illness. A coordinated clinical team can provide care to meet your needs and wishes and your family's during your illness. Hospice care is usually reserved for advanced stages of illness, usually due to Cancer.

Does treatment meant to cure me stop when hospice care begins?

Yes. You are referred to get hospice care when your illness is medically incurable. It cannot be provided at the same time as treatment that is meant to prolong your life. The focus of Hospice care is on patient comfort and not cure.

Is palliative care the same as hospice care?

Palliative care means symptom relief. Palliative care is provided at the same time as treatment that is meant to prolong your life. Whereas, Hospice care provides palliative care for those approaching the last stages of life when disease is medically incurable.

Who provides hospice care?

Usually a team of experts including doctors, nurses and social workers provides this type of care. Counselors, pharmacists, nutritionists, and others might also be part of the team. The hallmark of hospice care is a team approach to patient care.

Who else besides the patient can benefit from hospice care?

Everyone involved! Patients as well as family caregivers are the special focus of hospice care. Your doctors and nurses benefit too, because they know they are meeting their patients' needs by providing care that reduces suffering and improves quality of life.

Where do people get hospice care?

At Sparsh Hospice as well as at Home.

Can I get hospice care if I am at home?

Yes. After symptoms and pain have been managed and are under control, you and your doctor can discuss outpatient hospice care. Focusing on communication in addition to pain and symptom management allows the hospice care team to explore patients values and goal.

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