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What do I need to know about hospice care?

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Some people might think using hospice means they're giving up. Others may worry that they won’t get the medical care they need. But the service simply focuses on the quality of your life instead of trying to cure a disease.

Your team may include a doctor, nurse, social worker, counselor, chaplain (if you’re religious), home health aide, and trained volunteers. They work together to meet your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Hospice is for family members, too. It offers counseling and help with practical things such as cleaning house and shopping.

From: What Is Hospice Care? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Caring Connections: "Hospice Care: A Consumer's Guide to Selecting a Hospice Program," "What Is Hospice?"

Medicaid.gov: “Hospice Benefits.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hospice Care: Comforting the Terminally Ill,” National Institute on Aging: "Finding Care at the End of Life."

Palliativedoctors.org: "When to Seek Hospice Care."

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: "2010 Edition: NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

SOURCES:

Caring Connections: "Hospice Care: A Consumer's Guide to Selecting a Hospice Program," "What Is Hospice?"

Medicaid.gov: “Hospice Benefits.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hospice Care: Comforting the Terminally Ill,” National Institute on Aging: "Finding Care at the End of Life."

Palliativedoctors.org: "When to Seek Hospice Care."

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: "2010 Edition: NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America."

Reviewed by Louise Chang on August 06, 2018

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