Hospice & Palliative Care Programs & Services

An important part of hospice is that patients and families help decide what care is right for them.  All patients have certain rights to care, which include

  • Treatment related to the life-limiting illness that is included in the hospice plan of care, plus medical equipment and supplies, services and coordination of care
  • Medications to control the pain and other symptoms of the life-limiting illness
  • Hospice inpatient care (both acute care and respite care) in a hospice facility
  • Home visits by hospice staff, plus skilled in-home nursing for crisis management
  • Consulting physicians
  • Volunteer support
  • Bereavement follow-up

Hospice is a choice, not a requirement. The patient may choose to withdraw from the hospice plan of care at any time to seek other medical treatments that may become available.

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