The goal of hospice care is to limit suffering and maintain as high a level of cognitive function as possible. Unlike palliative care, hospice is generally entered when a person is expected to live roughly 6 months or less and after the treatment goal turns from curative to comfort.
Similar to palliative care, hospice can be provided in a variety of environments, including at home, in a nursing home, assisted living facility, or hospital.
Hospice care providers work to not only support the needs of the patient, but of everyone involved such as the primary caregiver and family, and remains as a service to the family after a patient dies.
End of LIfe Key Questions:
- What emotional support is available for me, my caregiver and loved ones to help us cope with my prognosis?
- Can hospice care be provided at home?
- What will my palliative care plan look like?
- Where can I and my caregiver go for assistance with a living will, power of attorney and healthcare proxy? Who should have copies of these documents?
- What’s important to make sure I have in my Will?
- How can I donate my tumor tissue to research? Can someone on my care team provide assistance in finding a research program and arranging for donation of my tissue?
- Can I be an organ donor?