What is hospice care?

Hospice care focuses on medical and personal comfort for people in the last months or days of life.

We call hospice "comfort care" because our doctors and nurses help patients with physical symptoms like pain, nausea or breathing difficulty.

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Hospice is health care for someone with an advanced illness. Just as you take your children to a pediatrician, seek out a cardiologist if you have a heart problem or visit a surgeon if you need surgery, you should call hospice when a loved one is approaching the end of his or her life.

For some patients, hospice can be an alternative to staying in – or returning to – a hospital.

Most of the time, hospice care is provided to people in their homes. Occasionally a patient with severe symptoms will go to Casey House for a short period of time.

Montgomery Hospice works with patients to understand their goals and objectives for this time in their lives. Patients are asked, “What is important to you?”  When a patient first enrolls in hospice, members of the hospice team visit the patient and family to learn their needs and preferences.

 

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