Hospice care offers comfort, compassion, and dignity to those with a life-limiting illness. Hospice is a philosophy of coordinated care for patients and their loved ones. Hospice is not a place, but a concept of care that allows a patient to die with dignity and respect. It focuses on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family. No other medical care provides this type of patient care.
Hospice care is provided by an interdisciplinary team of medical, human health and service professionals, which includes physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers, grief counselors, volunteers, spiritual caregivers/chaplains and family members, and affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.
It foregoes curative medical treatment, but neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice care is personalized to meet the needs of each patient, while acknowledging the family’s role in the patient’s care. Bereavement services are offered to the family for a year following the patient’s death.
The patient and family are encouraged to be active participants in the care plan and to express any concerns and wishes to the hospice team. Hospice care focuses on the quality of a patient’s life. Pain management and symptom relief are at the core of the hospice concept. The hospice team translates this philosophy in their care plan to ensure a patient’s remaining days will be peaceful, free of pain and discomfort.
The Hospice Foundation of America is a trusted source of information on end of life, hospice care and grief.Throughout this site you will find information about living with advanced life-limiting illness along with hospice locations in the state of Massachusetts.
Care Dimensions has been prominent in expanding access to hospice and palliative care in Massachusetts. In 2015 they received the Circle of Life Award from the American Hospital Association for being a national leader in palliative and end-of-life care.
Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts comprises hospice, palliative, associate and individual members. Last year HPCFM member hospices served more than 21,000 patients and their families. HPCFM serves not only members, but also those seeking or using end-of-life services. Click here to locate a hospice.
End With Care provides public, professional and institutional awareness regarding end-of-life issues. Along with valuable end-of-life related topics and information, End With Care’s central focus is to provide a comprehensive, interactive directory of end-of-life care and service providers, organizations and related agencies serving communities throughout Massachusetts.
Palliative care is designed for those who are suffering with serious illness, which focuses on honoring the patient’s choices and supporting the family. A palliative approach is utilized by hospice programs as well, but hospice provides palliative care that is specially designed for individuals in the last stages of life. Find Massachusetts Hospice Programs here.