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Hospice Explained

Hospice is not a place you go to die. Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on patient comfort and quality of life rather than curing the person’s disease. Hospice is a choice for someone with a terminal illness and life expectancy of six months or less, based on the normal progression of the illness.

Hospice care is typically in the patient’s home

Hospice care in the home is not 24-hour nursing care. Patients are cared for by family members, hired caregivers, assisted living, or skilled nursing home staff. When symptoms become too severe at home, then 24-hour care may be provided at the Hinds Hospice Home.

The goal

The goal of hospice is to provide compassionate, effective care that is consistent with the needs and goals of patients and family caregivers. The goal is not to hasten death. Our hospice team works to maximize the quality of life and minimize suffering for those we serve.

Now what?

When you hear the words, “There is nothing else that can be done for your loved one,” often the response is, “Now what? Have I been abandoned?”
No, you have not. When you choose Hinds Hospice, our care reflects a partnership between the patient, the family, and the professional care providers in these ways: 

  • We sustain a sense of autonomy, individuality, self-worth, and security
  • We enhance quality-of-life
  • We aggressively treat and expertly manage all pain and physical symptoms
  • We care for the whole person, addressing physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and social concerns
  • We support individuals and families in the process of coping with the end of life, and during bereavement
  • We offer support for individuals and their family members facing the loss of a loved one
  • We offer grief and loss support for at least 13 months for family members
  • We foster understanding, compassionate treatment, and care of persons facing the end of life

Hinds Hospice is hope

People who choose hospice are not giving up hope. They are redefining hope. Though there may no longer be a possibility of curing an illness, hope is directed toward mending and restoring relationships, spending quality time with loved ones, and finding peace and comfort living this last and important phase of life.