Hospice care is available for all age groups .... and is not only for cancer patients!
The word "hospice" comes from the Middle Ages, when hospice designated a special community of caring persons who took special vows to serve people who were making a pilgrimage. Today it designates a unique group of people from all professions and walks of life who are committed to bringing unified and consistent understanding and skilled care to patients and families who are facing one of the great and challenging times of life's pilgrimages.
Hospice is a special kind of caring for patients and families when illnesses no longer respond to cure-oriented treatment or the patient is experiencing a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is about quality of life, regardless of the time that remains. It affirms quality of life and provides comfort care, spiritual care and emotional care while maintaining patient dignity.
It is a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support expressly tailored to the patient's needs and wishes. Hospice provides medications, needed services and medical equipment that are related to the hospice diagnosis.
Hospice is focused on the patient and family and:
- Provides support and care for those in the last phases of life-limiting illness
- Recognizes completing life is an important part of living
- Affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death
- Focuses on quality of life for individuals and their family caregivers
Hospice provides durable medical equipment, supplies and medications related to the life-limiting illness. In addition to care by the hospice team, short-term inpatient care is also covered for pain and symptom management and for respite care.
Serving the people of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia