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What is Hospice?

Hospice is a philosophy of care that is designed to help reduce both the physical pain and emotional suffering of patients during their final stages of illness. Contrary to what many people think, hospice is not a physical place. It is a service that comes to wherever people live, whether that's an assisted living facility, a skilled nursing facility, a hospital or at home.

At the heart of hospice is the belief that every person has the right to die pain free and with dignity and that families deserve care and support as well. Because everyone's situation is unique, Beacon Hospice creates a personalized plan of care for each and every patient, tailored to that patient's specific needs.

When to Consider Hospice or Palliative Care

You may want to discuss hospice or palliative care with your physician if any or all of the following are present in your loved one:

  • Progressive declining health, despite treatment
  • Increased or uncontrollable pain
  • Frequent hospitalizations
  • Repeat or multiple infections
  • Progressive or profound weakness and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath with or without oxygen
  • Decreased ability to perform regular activities of daily living
  • Alterations in mental status
  • Exhausted patient and family or caregivers
  • The desire of the patient and family to stop aggressive treatments

For more information call Beacon today 1-800-HOSPICE