Hospice

Monday, December 02, 2013

Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. Dr. Edward Hill discuseses hospice care in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Hospice care is provided for patients whose physician and family choose comfort care rather than aggressive treatment options. It is for a patient with a terminal illness whose life expectancy is measured in weeks or months rather than in years. A physician order is required for admission to a hospice program.

Usually, a hospice patient is expected to live 6 months or less. Hospice care can take place:

At home

At a hospice center

In a hospital, or

In a skilled nursing facility

The goal of hospice treatment is to keep the patient comfortable during the dying process. Hospice caregivers enhance the quality of remaining life by keeping the patient as alert and comfortable as possible in a familiar environment with family and friends.

Hospice care seeks to relieve not only physical symptoms but also address emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patient and his family. Hospice offers comfort and support to patients and their families at a difficult time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.