Hospice care focuses on bringing comfort, self-respect, and tranquility to people in the final years of life. Patients’ symptoms and pain are controlled, goals of care are discussed and emotional needs are supported. Hospice believes that the end of life is not a medical experience, it is a human experience that benefits from expert medical and holistic support that hospice offers. Hospice care also involves assistance for patients’ families to help them cope with end of life issues.

Hospice services are usually available at a person’s home, in a retirement center or in a skilled nursing facility.