What is Hospice?

What We Are

St. Luke’s Hospice offers medical care focusing on the goal of improving or maintaining the quality of life for someone whose condition, disease or illness is unlikely to be cured. Hospice services are provided either is our facility or in the setting that the patient considers to be home, whether it is their private residence, the home of a loved one or family member, an assisted living center, a nursing home, or a hospital.

About Our Services

Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice is a comforting and dignified form of care that is made available to a patient and their family when medicinal actions have been exhausted and life expectancy is six months or less. Each patient’s individualized care plan is updated as needed in order to address the emotional, physical and spiritual pain and anguish that often comes with terminal illness. Hospice care also offers practical support for the caregiver(s) during the illness period and grief support after the patent passes. Because Hospice Care provides emotional and spiritual support to patients and families, including bereavement resources, families can focus on being together and sharing memories. Our goal is to relieve patients and their loved ones from the stress that accompanies end-of-life care.

Are you familiar with the term Palliative Care? Most people are not. Palliative Care is a medical specialty that focuses on managing the emotional and physical impact of a serious illness. Sometimes people think Hospice Care and Palliative Care are interchangeable. They are not. Although St. Luke’s Hospice provides both Hospice Care and Palliative Care, Hospice Care is actually a part of Palliative Care for those with a terminal diagnosis. It is important to understand that patients DO NOT have to relinquish any curative treatments or have a terminal condition in order to receive Palliative Care. Regardless of what type of care is received, we strive to provide the highest quality assistance so that our patients may live with comfort and dignity.

Dispelling the Hospice Myth

Hospice does not mean a patient is going to soon die. In fact studies show exactly the opposite. Although hospice care neither accelerates death nor extends life, patients with certain illnesses actually live somewhat longer with Hospice Care than those with the same illness who do not. Regardless of the illness, patient and family satisfaction with services received are consistently higher when Hospice Care is involved. Contact us today to learn more.

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