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Kristen Le Page Bereavement per 8 21601 What is Hospice According to Funk Wagnalls Dictionary hospice is a place of entertainment or shelter Dictionarycom defines hospice as a program that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional spiritual social and financial needs of terminally ill patients at an inpatient facility or at the patients home Websters dictionary states that hospice is a facility or program designed to provide a caring environment for supplying the physical and emotional needs of the terminally ill From these three definitions Ive concluded that hospice is care that a terminally ill person receives in a sheltering and caring environment Hospice care is a service that is offered in many communities It is a multi-disciplinary team approach which provides support and care for patients who are terminally ill In order to qualify for hospice care the patients must have six months or less to live and must be referred by a doctorcaessortmentcom The team of hospice workers consists of at least one social worker nurses 1 home health aides respite care workers an MD and a pharmacist caessortment The services that are offered are medical nursing care personal care homemaker services social work services grief and other counseling services volunteer assistance spiritual care case management and family training in patients care Hospice care is a choice you make to enhance life for a dying personhospicewebcom By law it is up to the patient whether or not he or she goes under hospice care In order for a person to decide to go with hospice care they must decide to stop the aggressive efforts to defeat the diseasewwwhospicenetorg Most Hospice patients have cancer while others have Aides Lou Gehrigs disease heart or lung disease and other fatal illnesses The role of hospice is the same no matter what disease the patient haswwwhospicewebcom Hospice unlike most medical practices focuses on
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