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Frequently Asked Questions

What is hospice?

Hospice is a way of living with comfort, dignity, hope and support during advanced illness. Hospice provides services to patients and their families.

Does hospice mean giving up hope?

No. With Hospice, hope involves helping the patient to live as comfortably and fully as possible, despite the illness.

How soon should hospice care be considered?

The patient and their family can make the best use of hospice resources when an early referral is made. Our team can become familiar with the patient and the family. Serious problems like pain can be addressed and hospitalization can be avoided.

What if the patient improves?

It is not unusual for a patient to improve after admission to hospice, in which case discharge from hospice can be considered. Hospice staff then helps the family with plans for alternative services.

What if the patient decides to pursue more aggressive or curative treatment for their illness?

Every patient has the option of discontinuing hospice at any time. He or she may always return to hospice, if needed.

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