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What happens once you're in hospice?

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Your team will come up with a special plan just for you and your loved ones. They will focus on making your pain and symptoms better. They will check on you regularly, and a member of the team is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A doctor -- either your own or one connected with a program -- will give medical care. Nurses will also check on you. Aides will assist with things such as bathing, dressing, cleaning, and cooking.

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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