Why Choose Hospice Care?

70% of people say they would prefer to die at home

Dying at Home

70% die in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility.
Source:
Centers for Disease Control (2005)
Life in ICU

  • Hospice care allows the patient to receive end-of-life care in his or her own home or in a familiar environment that is called home
  • Hospice care surrounds the patient, caregivers and loved ones with a team of professionals offering physical, emotional and spiritual support
  • Hospice care includes pain control, keeping the patient comfortable and improving the patient’s quality of life for whatever time he or she has left
  • Hospice care is a Medicare benefit that includes medications, medical supplies and medical equipment that is at minimum or no cost to the patient and his or her loved ones
  • Hospice care can be provided at a nursing home, a residential facility or an assisted living center
  • Hospice provides access to a member of the hospice team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Hospice care may include volunteer support to provide meal preparation, running errands, patient support and caregiver support
  • Hospice care provides grief support prior to and after death

When patients decide to be cared for by a hospice program, they acknowledge that treatment goals will shift from doing everything possible to cure their condition to helping make the rest of their life as comfortable and high-quality as possible.

Patients get the most benefit from hospice support when hospice is called early.