Too often, Hospice is associated with dying. Some patients and families think that Hospice encourages death when, in fact, the very opposite is true.
When patients come to Hospice, they are terminal with their disease process and there is no hope for recovery. Hospice actually extends their days in many cases if they receive the patient early enough. Hospice is about living.
The purpose of Hospice is to provide the best possible life each day, being as pain free and with the most alertness as possible. Each Hospice may say it different, but the resulting goals are the same. Hospice is the best choice when there is no other.