Hospice Care is considered to be the model
for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life limiting
illness or injury. Hospice and Palliative Care involve
a team orientated approach to expert medical care, pain management,
emotional, and spiritual support expressly tailored to the
patient’s needs and wishes. Support is provided to the
patents loved ones as well. At the center of Hospice Care is
the belief that each of us has the right to die pain free and
with dignity, and that our families receive the necessary support
to allow us to do so.
Hospice affirms life.
neither hastens nor postpones the end of life. It is
predicated on the belief that through sensitivity, appropriate
care, and the support of a caring community, terminally ill
patients and their families can begin to prepare mentally and
physically, to face the inevitable challenges ahead.
Palliative Care extends
the principles of hospice care to a broader population that
could benefit from receiving this type of care earlier in their
illness or disease process. No specific therapy is excluded
from consideration. An
individuals needs would be continuously assessed, and
treatment options would be explored and evaluated in the context
of the individuals values and symptoms.