Hospice Philosophy

The word hospice is derived from a medieval word for a place of shelter where travelers found rest when journeying.  That concept of providing a resting place is used in today's modern hospice movement.  Like travelers long ago, those on their final journey find rest and support from the hospice team of healthcare professionals.  Under the care of hospice they do not walk alone.   

Hospice is a unique concept and system of care designed to address the challenging and often difficult needs and circumstances of a patient with a shortened life expectancy.

Hospice services embrace the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of both the patient and the family through an organized interdisciplinary team of health care professionals. The primary focus of hospice is to deliver the highest quality services in a home setting, with the ability to intensify services or move the patient to the appropriate inpatient setting, as required by the patient's condition and/or the family's needs.

The medical orientation of hospice personnel is a holistic approach with an emphasis on symptom management and pain control. The focus is on creating an environment for the patient and family that allows everyone to derive the greatest fulfillment from the remaining days they have together.

A physician, nurse, hospice aide, social worker, volunteer, and chaplain comprise the core of the Hospice Interdisciplinary Team. The Hospice Team works together with the patient and the family to provide care and emotional support. Speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, massage therapists, volunteers and dieticians become a part of the team, as particular needs may arise. Working together, this unique team of healthcare professionals creates an environment where it is possible for patients to find comfort and rest and for families, to find support and encouragement.  Hospice care does not end with the death of the patient but continues for 15 months in the form of a bereavement program providing families with support and counseling.


"You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life."
- Dame Cicily Saunders