What is "Hospice?"


The word "Hospice" originated in medieval Europe and described a place where travelers could seek shelter, nourishment, and rest.

Today, the hospice concept has been adapted to mean a program of care that meets the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs of people on the last stage of life. Hospice exists to provide support and care for persons in the last stage of an incurable disease so that they might live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice recognizes dying as a normal process, neither hastening nor postponing death.

Hospice is a coordinated program of home and hospital care which treats the patient and family as a unit. An interdisciplinary team of professionals and specially trained volunteers provide the necessary care to meet the special needs which arise out of the crisis of terminal illness.

Hospice History

The Hospice philosophy affirms life and regards dying as a normal process, which should be neither hastened nor prolonged. When a cure is no longer possible, Hospice means comfort and quality of life. Hospice is a concept of specialized care for people of all ages with terminal illness.

Hospice is an idea, not a place. Our purpose is to provide support and care for persons in the last phase of an incurable disease so that they can live as fully and comfortably as possible. Hospice believes that through personalized services and a caring community, patients and families can attain the necessary preparation for death that is satisfactory to them.


  • You people are the best of the best.

  • I can't find adequate words to say how wonderful Hospice was to my husband and me. They brightened my day and gave me the courage to meet each day. I learned to lean on and love each and everyone. God bless them all!

  • Everyone on the Hospice team was wonderful. They were gentle, loving and very good with my mother. I learned so much from them.

  • What a great team I had! Everyone I dealt with was very professional.

  • I do not know how I would have handled or survived the care without the help of Hospice. They were there for me at all times.
  • The professionalism, compassion and respect for our child and our family are sincerely appreciated.
  • Your care was excellent. Thank you for all you did for my husband.

  • The whole team was exceptional. We could not have asked for better care for our loved one.

  • I want to thank each and every one of you for your thoughtfulness during this most difficult time. Your services were wonderful and very helpful. My sincere thanks to all of you.
  • Your nurses went over and beyond the call of duty to help us.
  • I can't find the words to say how good the hospice team was, even helping after my wife's death.
  • Words can't express how much I appreciate what all of you did for my husband. You guys just made it work so well.

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