Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is the month where we get the privilege to highlight the unique realm of healthcare that is focused strictly on quality of life.

The Hospice Foundation of America provides resources to assist in selecting the best hospice provider for you.

Here are some key ideas to consider when selecting a hospice provider


What does a day on hospice look like? According to the Hospice Foundation of America, hospice is…

  • Medical care for people with an anticipated life expectancy of 6 months or less, when cure isn’t an option, and the focus shifts to symptom management and quality of life. 
  • An interdisciplinary team of professionals trained to address physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs of the person; the team also supports family members and other intimate unpaid caregivers.  
  • Specialty care that is person-centered, stressing coordination of care, clarification of goals of care, and communication.
  • Provided primarily where a person lives, whether that is a private residence, nursing home, or community living arrangement, allowing the patient to be with important objects, memories, and family.
  • Care that includes periodic visits to the patient and family caregivers by hospice team members. Hospice providers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond if patient or caregiver concerns arise.
  • The only medical care that includes bereavement care, which is available during the illness and for more than a year after the death for the family/intimate network.

For more information, check out Hospice Foundation Of America – What is Hospice?

This is an unbiased website about what to look for and consider when selecting a hospice provider.

As a local provider, we hope you will choose us to support you and your loved ones in this critical decision. We know every story is different and every experience is unique. Our goal is to tailor your experience to you and your wishes. If you have questions, you can always call or email us.

October is Chaplain Appreciation Month

What Does a Hospice Chaplain Do?

Hospice care helps support the physical and emotional needs of patients who have a terminal diagnosis. The team approach of hospice includes a nurse, social worker, and a chaplain under the supervision of a physician. Personal care aides and therapists may be added to support as well.
A chaplain ensures that patients feel free to discuss

  • their spiritual concerns,
  • ask essential questions,
  • realize the importance of their lives, and
  • feel at peace as they near death.

  • Chaplains also play an integral role in supporting the family of the patient.
  • Hospice chaplains do not necessarily have a religious affiliation or denomination. Their goal for interactions is not to convert or challenge the patient and family in their belief systems.

How Hospice Chaplains Help Patients

A hospice chaplain’s typical job responsibilities include the following:

  • Regularly meeting with patients
  • Participate as a hospice team members for care collaboration
  • Support a patient’s ritual or spiritual practice, such as prayer or meditation
  • Addressing questions about spirituality
  • Helping patients and family process the loss
  • Having meaningful conversations with patients about how their lives have value

How Hospice Chaplains Help Patients’ Families

  • Hospice chaplains provide spiritual care to patients and their families
  • Hospice chaplains also support families during the bereavement process after a patient has passed away.