Hospice Care Resources
Making decisions about hospice care can be very stressful for families. It is our hope that the information on this page will clear up some of the misconceptions about what hospice is and who hospice caregivers are.
What is Hospice?
Hospice provides holistic (e.g., pain management and social work services) support for people with life-limiting illnesses. Generally, people on hospice are no longer seeking curative treatment for their illness, so the focus is on palliative treatments that help manage symptoms such as pain.
Hospices also provide services such as spiritual and psychological support to help patients and their families as the end-of-life approaches.
Hospice services are often provided on an outpatient basis, but some people need more intense intervention to manage their symptoms and receive hospice as inpatients.
Hospice is NOT giving up, but rather seeking high quality at the end of life.
Who Are Family Caregivers?
Hospice caregivers can be family members. But family caregivers do not need to be related by blood. Whether providing care for a child, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a friend, or a neighbor, these family members are important to care.
Our study is looking at how hospice care teams talk with family caregivers. It is our hope that by better understanding communication between these two groups, we can make recommendations to improve hospice in the future.
Find Hospice Services
If you are considering hospice services for yourself or a loved one, please visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Website to a see a directory of hospices near you.