Hospice care is the type of care provided to support a terminally ill patient (life expectancy less than 6 months) and their family. It is almost always provided at home or wherever he or she lives. Care usually involves relieving troublesome symptoms and providing psychological, social and spiritual support for the patient and family. Many life supporting treatments, like most medications are usually continued.
Unlike palliative care, hospice is not a service provided during a Suburban Hospital stay. For patients interested in receiving hospice care after leaving Suburban, a social worker will have a hospice worker meet you during your hospital stay to make arrangements. Once hospice is set up, the hospice will meet you at your place of residence. If needed, the hospice will deliver oxygen or other necessary equipment to your home beforehand. This helps ensure that the transition from Suburban with hospice support is a smooth one.
Hospice Care Resources
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization — Hospice FAQs
Frequently asked questions about hospice care.
- Maryland Health Care Commission Hospice Search Tool
An online guide to help locate nearby hospice care services.