Hospice care is generally administered in a patient's home, but could also be in a nursing home or group home. The patient is able to stay at home in his or her final months, surrounded by friends, family and familiar surroundings. The patient does not need to be home or bed-bound, and can continue many daily activities.
The primary focus of hospice is to keep the patient pain-free and symptoms controlled. The Care Team at Community Hospice is directed by the physician, who works closely with the nurse, home care aides, social workers, chaplain, and volunteers to meet the patient/family physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It is this coordination of care that enhances the quality of life for the patient.
Hospice can make a positive difference in the lives of the patient/family because of the holistic approach towards end-of-life care. The patient and immediate family or friends work closely with the Care Team to provide pain management and symptom control.
Hospice can offer needed spiritual, emotional, and grief counseling to the patient as well as the family. Bereavement counseling is offered on an individual basis or group support sessions.