Hospice is one approach to caring for the needs of individuals with a terminal illness. Hospice care includes the patient and the family. Care is provided by a team of professionals who address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
The majority of hospice care is provided in the patient's home. Home for the patient can be a private residence, assisted living facility, group home or nursing home. In addition, hospice is provided in specialized inpatient hospice units and facilities. Regardless of the setting, hospice care strives to help the patient and family to make the most of the last months of life.