What is hospice care?

Hospice care focuses on relieving a terminally ill patient’s pain and symptoms usually in the patient’s own home. When no cure is available and a patient is in his or her final days (6 months or less), a hospice nurse or volunteer’s primary concern is to make the patient as comfortable as possible and will neither prolong nor hasten death. Hospice care attends to pain management, the emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and their family, and provides grief counseling to families before and after the passing of their loved one.

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