Hospice is a multidisciplinary approach to care that addresses the needs of individuals and families facing a life-limiting illness. Services include:
- Providing treatments as prescribed by the physician
- Managing the patient’s symptoms, including pain
- Teaching the family and others to care for the patient
- Offering spiritual and emotional support and counseling to the patient and family
- Delivering physical therapy, speech therapy, and/or dietary counseling if appropriate to the patient situation and goals of care.
- Providing medical equipment, supplies and medications that are specifically related to the patient’s terminal illness
- Making bereavement care and counseling available to the family/caregivers for thirteen months following the patient’s death