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What is hospice care?

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
10 doctors agree

In brief: Relieving suffering

Hospice care focuses on relieving or preventing suffering rather than trying to treat the underlying medical problems of patients with terminal illnesses.
Hospice care may involve many types of health care professionals and will focus not just on physical but also emotional and social aspects of end-of-life care.

In brief: Relieving suffering

Hospice care focuses on relieving or preventing suffering rather than trying to treat the underlying medical problems of patients with terminal illnesses.
Hospice care may involve many types of health care professionals and will focus not just on physical but also emotional and social aspects of end-of-life care.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: End of life care.

Hospice is meant for those who seemingly at the end of life, although that end can still be many months away.
The emphasis of hospice care is not trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches.

In brief: End of life care.

Hospice is meant for those who seemingly at the end of life, although that end can still be many months away.
The emphasis of hospice care is not trying to save the life, but to give comfort to the individual as their death approaches.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. John Goldman
Some people actually can get off of hospice. There are certain rules and restrictions for care when you're on hospice. These can include not going to the ER FOR AN EMERGENCY. It will not be paid for, so get full information.
2 doctors agree

In brief: Hospice care

provides medical services, emotional and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure.
Hospice also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one. The goal is to keep the patient comfortable and improve the quality of life.

In brief: Hospice care

provides medical services, emotional and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a serious illness, such as cancer or heart failure.
Hospice also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one. The goal is to keep the patient comfortable and improve the quality of life.
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care

In brief: Hospice services

Palliative care at the end of life.
They include nursing, assistance with caregivers on a limited basis, chaplaincy, bereavement counseling, social worker and physician care (medical director in many cases). You are covered for many services and this includes medications related to your terminal diagnosis. The hospice team is there to help you transition in the last phase of life.

In brief: Hospice services

Palliative care at the end of life.
They include nursing, assistance with caregivers on a limited basis, chaplaincy, bereavement counseling, social worker and physician care (medical director in many cases). You are covered for many services and this includes medications related to your terminal diagnosis. The hospice team is there to help you transition in the last phase of life.
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. John Manzella
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

In brief: Dying with Dignity

Hospice is a choice on how one wishes the final chapter of their life to end.
Regrettably, medicine has evolved into treating problems rather than patients. If a patient wishes no more heroics, hospitalizations and/or invasive procedures performed; hospice care provides a powerful form of dying with dignity. If the prognosis of less than 6 months to live, it is potentially a great alternative.

In brief: Dying with Dignity

Hospice is a choice on how one wishes the final chapter of their life to end.
Regrettably, medicine has evolved into treating problems rather than patients. If a patient wishes no more heroics, hospitalizations and/or invasive procedures performed; hospice care provides a powerful form of dying with dignity. If the prognosis of less than 6 months to live, it is potentially a great alternative.
Dr. John Manzella
Dr. John Manzella
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