Hospice care ( or palliative care as it sometimes called) is special end-of-life care provided by health professionals that help support the entire family during this transition. The goal of hospice care professionals is to help people who are dying feel peace, comfort and dignity.
The caregivers may help by controlling pain and other symptoms so a person can remain as alert and comfortable as possible. Hospice programs usually also provide services to support the patient’s family. One of the most important rolls of a hospice administrator is to advise the family when they need to make difficult decisions including when to hold back life supporting systems and how much pain control is appropriate.
Usually, a hospice patient is expected to live 6 months or less. Hospice care can be given:
- At a hospice center
- In a hospital
- In a skilled nursing facility
- At home
Higher-end hospice care can include spa treatment, assistance with bucket list items, and other special service to help comfort the dying. Many assisted living facilities and nursing homes have a hospice program.