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Hospice gives individuals the chance to live their life among those who love them. Hospice care through BJC Hospice is often provided in the home. However, hospice care can also be provided in long-term care facilities, assisted living homes, and at times even in the hospital. It is appropriate when life expectancy is measured in months rather than years, when aggressive treatment is no longer possible, and when comfort and symptom management are the goals of treatment.
Hospice provides a circle of support for the terminally ill and their loved ones. Hospice care seeks to enable the patient to live every day to the fullest by managing their symptoms so that their last days may be lived with dignity. It emphasizes the quality of life, and neither hastens nor postpones death. Support is also extended to the patient’s loved ones to help educate them and care for them at this special time.