Comfort and Support with Hospice Services
Little Company of Mary formally established its Hospice program in 1976, making it the first in the area.
Hospice is not a place; it is a concept of care. The vast majority of Hospice care is provided in private homes or a nursing home. Hospice is designed to provide physical, spiritual, psycho/social and emotional comfort and support to patients with a life-limiting illness and their families. Hospice becomes and option when an illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. The care addresses all symptoms of the disease, with special emphasis upon pain control and comfort. Hospice neither prolongs nor hastens death. It promotes quality of life with compassion and dignity, while recognizing each patient's and family's unique needs. Our dedicated Hospice Team is specially trained in this concept of holistic care and includes the following professionals.
Hospice Care should not be confused with Palliative Care. Palliative Care is a specialty of medicine focused on improving the quality of life and comfort for people of all ages with serious, chronic, and life-threatening illnesses. While both programs provide pain relief and symptom management, Palliative Care can be introduced long before a patient reaches a terminal stage. Palliative Care begins as soon as a patient is diagnosed with a serious illness; at the same time they continue to pursue treatment for curable illnesses. For information about LCMH’s Palliative Care service, please click this link.
“You matter to the last moment of your life and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”
- Dame Cicely Saunders, Founder of St. Christopher’s Hospice (London, 1967), the first modern Hospice
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