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Hospice

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.

Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized knowledge of medical care, including pain management.

The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s last days by offering comfort and dignity.

Hospice care is provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family members.

Hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling a patient’s pain and discomfort.

Hospice deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of the disease on the patient and the patient’s family and friends.

Hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services to families before and after a patient’s death.

For more information on hospice care in North Central Florida, visit http://www.havenhospice.org/.