Hospice is a form of compassionate care that focuses on palliative and supportive treatments, emotional support, and spiritual support for patients with serious illness.
Palliative treatment is therapy to reduce the symptoms of, rather than intending to cure, the illness. Supportive treatment is therapy to reduce the symptoms of illness and treat side effects, rather than trying to cure the illness.
Facilities providing hospice care include:
• Professional caregivers in patient’s home
• Professional caregivers training family caregivers in patient’s home
• Hospice centers
• Nursing homes
• Other long-term care facilities