Patients can outlive their projected life expectancy and continue receiving hospice care when the illness they're facing is deemed life-limiting.
The primary objective of hospice care is to relieve the physical, emotional, social and spiritual suffering that often accompanies a chronic or terminal illness. When a cure can no longer be pursued, hospice allows patients to shift their focus to living out their remaining days peacefully and comfortably. Therefore, instead of using their energy to fight pain and discomfort, patients can use that energy doing things that enhance and improve the quality of their lives.
Rather than viewing hospice as scary or troubling, it can be viewed as a peaceful and natural way that patients can pass away with dignity and the loving support of family, friends and an interdisciplinary care team that helps them experience a pain-free death.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) cites a study that found those who received palliative care lived, on average, almost two months longer than those who received standard care. Those patients also reported a higher quality of life through the final course of their illness. Those who received palliative care were also more likely to elect hospice services. This study adds to the body of evidence showing that many patients live longer with hospice and palliative care.
Hospice care gives life back to your days in the following ways: