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What makes good hospice care?

What makes good hospice care?


Hospice care is a philosophy of treatment that focuses on caring, not curing. The goals of hospice care are to:

  • Relieve pain and suffering

  • Make possible a "good" death

  • Help the family

  • Assist in the search for meaning

Hospice care is recommended for those with a life expectancy of six months or less. The care includes:

  • Developing individualized care plans

  • Managing symptoms and pain

  • Improving quality of life

  • Encouraging patients and their families to make the most of their time together

  • Providing a variety of support services for patients and their families

A quality hospice should be able to quickly respond to any critical situations. For example, an on-call nurse may be available 24/7.


Hospice care is family-centered and includes the patient and the family in making decisions. Hospice care is recommended for those with a life expectancy of six months or less.

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