Palliative and End of Life Care

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Hospice

Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. Here are some important facts about hospice:

  • Hospice helps people who are terminally ill live comfortably.
  • Hospice isn't only for people with cancer.
  • The focus is on comfort, not on curing an illness.
  • A specially trained team of professionals and caregivers provide care for the "whole person", including his or her physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
  • Services may include physical care, counseling, drugs, equipment, and supplies for the terminal illness and related condition(s).
  • Care is generally provided in the home.
  • Family caregivers can get support.

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Letting Go What should medicine do when it can't save your life? by Atul Gawande. The New Yorker Annals Of Medicine. August 2, 2010