Compassionate care focused on improving quality of life
when should hospice care start?
what does hospice care involve?
where can hospice care be administered?
Hospice care is a special kind of care, which involves providing compassionate care and support when cancer has advanced to a point that treatments are no longer effective in eliminating it. Hospice care treats the person and symptoms of the cancer, as opposed to treating the disease itself.
When a patient undergoes hospice care, the focus shifts from treatment of the cancer to managing pain and discomfort and providing support for medical, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care. Hospice care is also family-centered; it involves the patient, caregiver, and family in making decisions about the end-of-life care. The goal is to ease pain and suffering so that the patient’s last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.
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