Hospice care IS end-of-life care. When someone has a life-limiting condition from cancer to heart disease, or even simple old age, hospice may be the way to go. Hospice has a team approach with nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, aides for personal care, and trained volunteers. They are there to make sure the patient is comfortable and supported in the dying process. The focus is on quality-of-life and control for the patient, and support for the family too.
- Q How can hospice care affect the emotions of cancer patients and caregivers?
- Q What types of emotional and spiritual support can I receive in hospice?
- Q What should I ask my doctor about hospice care?
- Q How can I start receiving hospice care if I have cancer?
- Q Why are advance directives important for hospice patients?
- Q How can hospice staffers help manage pain and other symptoms?