HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE
Hospice and palliative care is a patient-centered approach focused on maintaining dignity, increasing quality of life, and providing comfort, including pain and symptom management. This specialized concept of providing comfort and care is offered to patients in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals or their own home . . .
anywhere that is most comfortable and appropriate.
Rather than "curative care," where caregivers and physicians focus on curing a
person facing a life limiting illness, hospice offers "palliative or comfort care," where the patient, family, or loved ones have decided that quality of life, for whatever time remains, is the primary focus.
Palliative care concentrates on managing pain and controlling symptoms for the patient and providing emotional and spiritual guidance for all affected. At the heart of hospice is the belief that every person has the right to die pain free and with dignity, and that families of hospice patients need care and support as well.