Hospice is a special kind of care for terminally ill people and their families. For centuries, the term "hospice" described a place where weary or sick travelers could receive food, shelter and rest. Today's hospice is not a place, but rather a comprehensive and coordinated program, offering compassionate care to terminally ill people and their families at the end of life. Hospice care can take place anywhere a patient calls home - their own home, a nursing home, or an assisted living or other long-term care facility.
The goal of hospice care is comfort, rather than cure. Focus is placed on comfort and quality of life, through physical, emotional and spiritual support for patients and their loved ones. Through a multidisciplinary approach to care, our team strives to ensure patients are free of pain and symptoms, allowing them to live their last weeks and months to the fullest.
Families who choose hospice receive a variety of services. In addition to care for the patient, programs such as grief support and volunteer services are designed to help families and their loved ones throughout their hospice journey.
If home hospice is not an option, Memorial offers hospice care at Heritage.