Before deciding if hospice is the right decision for you and your loved ones, let’s first offer the simplest of definitions.
Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on the treatment of the person and the symptoms of the disease, rather than the disease itself. The goal of hospice is not to hurry an impending passing or delay its arrival, but rather to bring an added level of comfort and quality of life to those dealing with a terminal illness.
At some point, curative treatments for a serious illness may be deemed no longer effective, or a patient may choose to not undergo treatments. Hospice addresses these very situations. Hospice is about an individual’s right to choose how they wish to be cared for in their final phase of life, with dignity and free from pain.
Additionally, the hospice philosophy considers the needs of family and loved ones during this often stressful and confusing time, with specially-trained counselors and volunteers available to meet many of the needs that may arise.
As a nonprofit organization, the Center for Hope bolsters this philosophy with its own - the belief that this crucial care should be available to anyone and everyone, regardless of an inability to pay. As such, the Center provides, on average, over $3.5 million in free or reduced cost care to those in our community most in need.