Rice Hospice provides care, comfort and compassion, not only for the patient but also for family members and caregivers. We provide expertise in pain relief and symptom management, as well as assistance with personal cares and medical equipment. We offer comprehensive care along with education and support. Everyone’s concerns are unique, and care may address physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. It may also include music, massage, listening, and providing resources.
Hospice care brings hope to help people live life as fully as possible, offers dignity when there is not a cure, and surrounds families with love at one of life’s most challenging times.
Who can receive hospice care?
Anyone of any age whose life is limited – by any illness – can receive hospice care. A physician will help determine when in the illness that hospice care would be helpful. Hospice care is appropriate when the following conditions are met:
- The physician believes the patient’s life expectancy is six months or less if the disease runs its normal course
- Aggressive treatments are no longer working or providing relief to the patient
- The patient, family and physician agree and understand that the focus of hospice is on comfort, not cure
Can someone who lives alone receive hospice care?
Many patients, especially if they are receiving hospice care early in their diagnosis are able to live alone. Hospice staff visit with the patient and family about the amount of caregiving needed and help identify resources to ensure a safe environment.