What? Hospice care is end of life care. It is a focused medical expertise with dedicated, specially-trained caregivers that will ensure your loved one’s comfort at the end of life. Harbor Hospice provides comprehensive health care focusing on pain control and symptom management for terminally ill people at home or in home-like setting. Hospice provides specialized health care with expertise in pain and symptom management, emotional support and spiritual care, as well as grief support for family members following the death of their loved one.
Why? Because you want your loved one to come to the end of their life without pain and with as much autonomy, dignity and respect as their disease will allow. Harbor Hospice provides encouragement and in-home training to assist family caregivers care for a dying loved one. Harbor Hospice also provides regular in-home visits of hospice workers to help people care for their dying loved ones. And Harbor Hospice offers the beautiful Poppen residential hospice setting for patients whose needs exceed the capabilities of their loved ones, or for whom residential care is the best option.
When? Whenever a life-limiting illness is present, it is appropriate to discuss options such as hospice. This is a decision that is best made by the patient and family in consultation with the attending physician. Shifting the goal of treatment from curing the underlying disease to managing symptoms and promoting comfort, is often a difficult thing to do. Hospice is sensitive to this and is available to discuss options for care with patients and their caregivers.