Last Reviewed : 12/24/2020

Hospice care is a type of care and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliation of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. In Western society, the concept of hospice has been evolving in Europe since the 11th century. Then, and for centuries thereafter in Roman Catholic tradition, hospices were places of hospitality for the sick, wounded, or dying, as well as those for travelers and pilgrims. The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes. It began to emerge in the 17th century, but many of the foundational principles by which modern hospice services operate were pioneered in the 1950s by Dame Cicely Saunders.

Within the United States the term is largely defined by the practices of the Medicare system and other health insurance providers, which make hospice care available, either in an inpatient facility or at the patient's home, to patients with a terminal prognosis who are medically certified at hospice onset to have less than six months to live. Outside the United States, the term hospice tends to be primarily associated with the particular buildings or institutions that specialize in such care (although so-called "hospice at home" services may also be available). Outside the United States such institutions may similarly provide care mostly in an end-of-life setting, but they may also be available for patients with other specific palliative care needs. Hospice care also involves assistance for patients’ families to help them cope with what is happening and provide care and support to keep the patient at home. Although the movement has met with some resistance, hospice has rapidly expanded through the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere.


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Basic information:

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/advanced-cancer/care-choices/hospice-fact-sheet national cancer institute.Hospice care

http://www.webmd.com/balance/tc/hospice-care-topic-overview web md hospice care - topic overview

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/end-of-life/in-depth/hospice-care/art-20048050 mayo clinic hospice care: comforting the terminally ill


Advanced information:

https://medlineplus.gov/hospicecare.html medline plus hospice care


Other helpful resources(support groups):

http://www.nhpco.org/about/hospice-care national hospice and palliative care organisation.

https://hospicefoundation.org/ hospice foundation of america.

http://www.hospice.org.nz/ hospice newzealand

https://www.hospiceuk.org/ hospice uk

http://www.hospicenet.org/ hospice organisation

http://www.sparshhospice.org/ sparsh hospice

http://www.cancer.org/treatment/findingandpayingfortreatment/choosingyourtreatmentteam/hospicecare/hospice-care-toc american cancer society

https://compassus.com/ compassus

https://www.each.org.uk/ east angila children hospice

https://americanhospice.org/ american hospice foundation

https://www.pah.org.uk/ princess alice hospice

https://www.zenhospice.org/ zen hospice project

http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/medical-services/specialty-care/other-specialty-care-services/hospice-palliative-care/union-county hospice of union county

http://www.hospiceintheweald.org.uk/ hospice in the weald

http://strathcarronhospice.net/ strath caroon hospice

http://www.communityhospice.org/ the community hospice

http://www.nationalhospicefoundation.org/ national hospice foundation

http://www.gentiva.com/hospice/ gentiva

http://www.hospicenorthshore.org.nz/ hospice north shore

https://www.chsw.org.uk/ children's hospice south west

http://www.hospicewaterloo.ca/ hospice waterloo region

http://ascendhospice.com/ ascend hospice

http://www.hospicepeterborough.org/ hospice peterborough

https://www.crossroadshospice.com/ crossroads hospice & palliative care services.


Presentations/quiz/newspaper articles:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/hyderabad/sparsh-provides-terminally-ill-patients-the-healing-touch/article3903576.ece the hindu sparsh provides terminally ill patients the healing touch

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/15/how-tens-of-thousands-of-patients-who-werent-actually-dying-wound-up-on-hospice-care/ washington post how tens of thousands of patients who weren’t actually dying wound up on hospice care

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3827453/teen-serenaded-florence-machine-dies-cancer-months-duet-video-hospice-went-viral.html daily mail cancer-stricken teenager who was serenaded by florence & the machine in her hospice bed has died after five-year fight against bone disease

read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3827453/teen-serenaded-florence-machine-dies-cancer-months-duet-video-hospice-went-viral.html#ixzz4nsu22s1j

http://www.heraldandnews.com/classifieds/job/help_wanted/healthcare-registered-nurse-established-hospice-serving-the-community-of-klamath/ad_9913395d-2b32-51b3-bb1b-58354d2f77f1.html herald and news healthcare registered nurse established hospice, serving the community of klamath

http://newsinwales.com/newport-dj-tops-no-alcohol-fundraising-target-for-st-davids-hospice-care/ news in wales newport dj tops no alcohol fundraising target for st david's hospice care

http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/do-the-turkey-trot-brand-new-fun-run-for-hartlepool-1-8193673 hartle pool mail do the turkey trot! Brand new fun run for hartlepool

read more at: http://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/do-the-turkey-trot-brand-new-fun-run-for-hartlepool-1-8193673

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3138049/bobbi-kristina-brown-taken-life-support-moved-hospice.html daily mail nick gordon 'punched out bobbi's tooth and dragged her by her hair because she was leaving him' before she was found unconscious, lawsuit claims as she is moved to a hospice to 'die naturally'

read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3138049/bobbi-kristina-brown-taken-life-support-moved-hospice.html#ixzz4nsusy1zk

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