Hospice is not a place. It’s not a setting. It’s not an environment. It’s a special kind of care that provides people with the opportunity to live a life they choose.

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month – a dedicated effort that highlights end-of-life care’s ability to provide medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support tailored to a patient’s needs and wishes.

Hospice care centers on the belief that everyone is entitled to the right to pass on pain-free and with dignity. It focuses on caring, not curing, and can often be provided in the patient’s own home. The quality of care is what’s central, not necessarily its length. In the last phases of life people still deserve humane and compassionate care. It’s not about counting the days, it’s about making the days count.

The message of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is it’s about how you live. Having a serious illness may not be a choice, but how you live is. Hospice enables a patient to live their life to its fullest. Through hospice, a patient can surround themselves with attentive, caring medical staff alongside their loved ones.

A hospice team manages a patient’s pain symptoms, assists the patient with emotional and spiritual aspects of dying, provides needed drugs and equipment, coaches the family through a patient’s care, and provides bereavement care and counseling to surviving family and friends.

It’s critical to plan ahead when you or a family member nears the need for hospice. Learn the options before the health crisis exacerbates. Learn the options and make a decision so that your wishes are honored.

Memorial Healthcare’s hospice goal is maintaining a patient’s quality of life through supportive care for the terminally ill patient and their family. Both are included in the care with attentive emotional, spiritual, and practical support needed upon the expressed wishes.

Our hospice team is interdisciplinary, medically directed team that consists of compassionate nurses, home health aides, social workers, spiritual advisors, and volunteers. Learn more about hospice care at Memorial Healthcare.

Since its inception in the 1960s, hospice care has brought quality end-of-life care to many people. Today, it provides care for more than 1.65 million Americans each year. Hospice is a crucial element within healthcare and deserves recognition for the peace of mind it helps bring to many.