Hospice care offers personalized, compassionate care for patients and their families living with a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy that is measured in months, not years. Hospice caregivers promote comfort care by managing pain and other end-of-life symptoms. Special attention is also given to emotional and spiritual needs.
Hospice care most often occurs at your home, although care can be managed in a nursing home, personal care home, a hospice center, and in some instances, a hospital.
Palliative care focuses on improving quality of life by reducing the physical and emotional stress associated with a serious or life-limiting illness.
Palliative care can be part of hospice care, but is also a stand-alone service, even for those rceiving curative therapies.
Unlike hospice care, it is available at any stage of illness.
Medical and end-of-life decisions can be made easier for you and your loved ones if you plan ahead and make your wishes known.
A WISH CHECK LIST:
(seek guidance from your Physician and/or Legal Advisor)
Organized in 1991, the mission of Friends of Hospice San Antonio is to increase community awareness and understanding of hospice and to raise funds in support of patients and their families in end-of-life care. Click here to learn more about hospice care.