About Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice and Palliative Care share an interdisciplinary approach to care which recognizes that every person deserves to live out his or her life with respect and dignity and free of pain.

This concept of care for people with life-threatening illness or injury is focused on the whole person and addresses physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and seeks to improve quality of life for the ill person and his or her family.

Principles of Hospice and Palliative Care

  • affirm life and regard dying as a natural process
  • provide relief from pain and other symptoms
  • integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • offer a support system to help the family cope during the patient's illness and during their own bereavement
  • advocate for consumer choice and patient/family participation in the plan of care

Goal of Hospice and Palliative Care

'To achieve the best quality of life for the patient and his or her family as defined by the patient and his or her family.'

The Difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care

Hospices in NH provide the following Team Services

  • specialized care in a person's home while also offering support in nursing homes, hospitals and other inpatient settings
  • continuity between all levels of care and providers
  • broad array of services through interdisciplinary team
  • clinical expertise for pain control and symptom management
  • individual and family grief counseling for adults and children
  • professionally trained volunteer support
  • physician partnership
  • medical social services
  • pastoral counseling and care
  • comprehensive bereavement programs, including individual and group support for adults and children
  • wide variety of community training and education
  • crisis intervention support to the community at large