In certain circumstances, curative medical treatment is no longer effective. This is when hospice becomes an option. A patient may also decide that they do not wish to pursue curative treatment. Also, some people nearing the end of life may receive unwanted treatments and care in hospitals. When a patient is in hospice, they can remain autonomous while still getting necessary care in a healthcare facility or their own home.
Hospitals may recommend hospice care to ensure the patient receives the best possible care and support.
Hospice tries to make patients as comfortable as possible and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations by caring for their pain and other physical needs related to terminal illness.
Hospice care is available in various settings, including hospitals, inpatient hospice centers, and extended care facilities; however, many terminally ill patients choose to receive hospice services in the comfort of their homes.
Additionally, hospice care addresses patients, caregivers, and families’ psychological, social, and spiritual needs. It makes the end-of-life process easier for patients and their families and less stressful for caregivers, relieving some of the caregiver burden.