Hospice is provided for a personal with a terminal illness whose doctor believes he or she has 6 months or less to live if the illness runs its natural course. Hospice is an approach to care, so it is not tied to a specific place. It can be offered in two types of settings, at home or in a facility such as a nursing home, hospital, or even in a separate hospice center. Hospice care brings together a team of people with special skills, among them nurses, doctors, social workers, spiritual advisors, and trained volunteers. Everyone works together with the person who is dying, the caregiver, and/or the family to provide the medical, emotional, and spiritual support needed.
Source: National Institutes of Health
August 23, 2016