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What is hospice care?
Hospice is a field of medicine that focuses on the comprehensive care of patients with terminal illnesses. Hospice is not a place but rather a service that offers support, resources, and assistance to terminally ill patients and their families.
The main goal of hospice is to provide a peaceful, symptom-free, and dignified transition to death for patients whose diseases are advanced beyond a cure. The hope for a cure shifts to hope for a life free of suffering. The focus becomes quality of life rather than its length.
Hospice care is patient-centered medical care. A host of valuable services are offered to address every aspect of the patient's care as a whole. This is achieved by considering each individual's goals, values, beliefs, and rituals.