The hospice philosophy accepts death as the final stage of life: it affirms life, but does not try to hasten or postpone death. Hospice care treats the person and symptoms of the disease, rather than treating the disease itself.
When death is inevitable, hospice seeks neither to hasten nor postpone it but to provide the resources to insure, as best they can, that the final life experience is supported by knowledgeable professionals.
Choosing Hospice and a Hospice Provider
S HOSPICE RIGHT FOR YOU
Choosing hospice, as well as choosing your hospice provider are important decisions for end-of-life care.
Determining if a hospice is right for you may best be learned from interviewing different hospices and talking to those you trust who are familiar with hospice programs in your area. Resources for information about hospice care in your community include:
1. Physicians, nurse, and other healthcare professionals;
2. Social workers, clergy, and other counselors;
3. Friends or neighbors who have had direct experience with hospice care;
4. Other resources available for your research include:
5. Local or state office on Aging or senior centers;
6. Various medical and health-related Internet sites;
7. Your local yellow pages or directory information;
8. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Help Line 800.568.8898 to find a hospice;