Who Needs Hospice Care?

Comfort care is for individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones.  Individuals get the most benefit from comfort care  when hospice is called early.

Typically, hospice care begins in the last six months of life.  Hospice care provides comfort, pain management, and symptom control.  Hospice care allows patients to die at home, in a familiar environment, surrounded by their loved ones.  Hospice care also supports caregivers with challenges of caring for a dying loved one.  When a cure is no longer possible, the emphasis of care changes from hope for a cure, to hope for quality of life, dignity and purpose in the time remaining, and a peaceful, comfortable death at the end.