Hospice is a specialized form of care for individuals in the last stages of a terminal illness. Hospice care is rooted in the centuries-old tradition of preparing gifts for those embarking on a long journey. Today, hospice care provides physical, emotional and spiritual support for dying individuals and their families.
“We knew that Mark’s prognosis wasn’t good, but we also knew that we had today and that we had help from hospice. With that, we decided to do what we could for today – and for each day remaining. Our hope was to make one good memory of each day. One day it was a special lunch for just the two of us; another day we organized pictures and recorded stories for the kids. Simple things like that. When you think about it, it’s not a bad way for anybody to live.”
-Wife of a hospice patient
- emphasizes the quality of life in the remaining days, weeks or months;
- focuses on the person, not the disease, and also cares for the family;
- provides relief from the physical, emotional and spiritual pain that often
accompanies a terminal illness;
- provides grief support for surviving loved ones.
Free Copy of Choosing Hospice: A Consumer’s Guide
Hospice care is appropriate for people of any age or religious faith and with any terminal illness.
Choosing Hospice: A Consumer’s Guide, provides you with general information about hospice care, including, What makes hospice special; How will hospice care provide support for my family? How is my care paid for? And, How do I find a hospice program? To receive a free copy of the guide for you or a loved one, please contact Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care below.
MINNESOTA NETWORK OF HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE
For hospice and palliative care information, or a referral.
Senior Linkage Line
For general healthcare information, or general information for older adults and their loved ones.