Understanding Hospice

Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Support

When You Need It Most

“You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”
— Dame Cicely Saunders, nurse, physician and writer, and founder of hospice movement 

Hospice is a service that enhances quality of life for individuals with life-limiting illness. Hospice affirms life and does not hasten or postpone natural death. It enables patients and loved ones to accomplish important life goals and priorities and to remain in the comfort of their home, residence, or care facility.

Our team of dedicated professionals and volunteers focuses on quality of life through pain and symptom management while offering physical, emotional, social, and spiritual comfort for both patient and family. A patient’s plan of care is carefully developed based on the wants and needs of the patient and their caregivers; it is updated as the needs of the patient change. In addition to physical, emotional, and spiritual support, we utilize alternative comfort-care measures that may include massage, aroma therapy, music, art, and pet therapy.

A patient’s plan may include:

  • Pain and symptom management, including medications to manage illness.
  • Nursing visits to instruct and guide the caregiver.
  • On-­call nurse access by phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer questions and evaluate the situation.
  • Medical social worker guidance, emotional support and locating of resources.
  • Visits from certified nurse’s aides to assist with personal care.
  • Volunteer help for practical assistance and respite care.
  • Attention to spiritual and emotional concerns.
  • Grief support for survivors.
  • Providing medical equipment for the home.
  • Alternative comfort-care measures.

Rebecca Hiegl, manager

For more information

Contact our Hospice Team
(541) 228-3050