Learning About Hospice Care in 7 Steps

Who Needs Hospice Care

Hospice care is for people suffering from terminal illnesses and their family and friends. Normally, this type of care starts in the last six months of patients’ lives, but care is provided as long as the patients’ physician certifies it’s necessary. Patients that are at this stage of illness need full time medical attention, pain management, solace, and support in general. Their families need support, as they are caring for their loved one around the clock and preparing for the inevitable conclusion. It’s a very difficult time for all involved, and the support given also includes counseling from clergy and mental health professionals, throughout the process and after the patient passes away. In home hospice care also allows patients to spend their last days in the comfort of their own home, in the presence of their loved ones.