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What is hospice?

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In the middle ages, a hospice was a place where weary or sick travelers could find rest or comfort on a long journey. Today, hospice is a comprehensive program of care designed to help people with a life-limiting illness and their loved ones complete the journey of life.

There are many misconceptions about hospice, not the least of which is that hospice is some sort of gloomy place where people go to die.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Hospice is not a place, but an idea. For patient, family, and loved ones, hospice is a special form of multidimensional care designed to treat the full human being, not the disease. Hospice assists people who are dying and their loved ones with a full range of medical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs.

Sophisticated symptom relief. Expert information about the nature of your illness. Around-the-clock telephone access to a registered nurse. Specially trained volunteers who can provide a few hours' respite care. Help in securing all the medical equipment, medications, and information, needed to care for a loved on at home. A team of compassionate, caring, expert professionals devoted to their work.

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