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If your or a loved one has been given a prognosis of six months or less, hospice offers the symptom management, pain control and personal care you need to remain at home in comfort and with dignity as your illness runs its course.

Choosing a hospice provider is vital to receiving the kind and quality of care you want near the end of life. Here is a list of hospice articles that cover the “who, what, when, where and why” of hospice care to help you make the most informed decisions.

Who Is on the Hospice Team?

Every hospice patient and their family are taken care of by an interdisciplinary team of hospice professionals, such as a physician, nurse, hospice aide, social worker chaplain, volunteer and bereavement specialist. Here’s a look inside at what they do:

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Nurse

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Chaplain

A Day in the Life of a Hospice Physician

A Day in the Life of a Social Worker

Hospice Chaplain Story: Making a Difference in a Disheveled Life

Meet Your Hospice Care Team

What do Hospice Social Workers do?

What Makes a Hospice Nurse Great?

How Dog Visits Can Enhance End-of-Life Care

What Can I Expect with Hospice?

There are many myths and misconceptions about hospice. These articles will explain what hospice is and what it is not:

10 Questions to Find the Right Hospice

10 Things You Need to Know About Hospice Care with VITAS

Discharge from Hospice

Hospice Care Myths & Facts

Hospice Glossary

Hospice & Holistic Therapies

Hospice is Full of Hope

Hospice Makes a Difference to Breast Cancer Patients and Families

Quality Hospice Care Takes Time

Taking the Fear Out of Morphine

The Four Levels of Hospice Care

What is Hospice?

What is Pediatric Hospice Care?

What Happens When a Hospice Patient Dies at Home

What are Goals of Care?

What to Say to Someone On Hospice

When a Hospice Patient Stops Eating or Drinking

Who Pays for Hospice?

When Is Hospice Right?

When is it time to think about hospice? Experts agree that hospice care is most beneficial when it’s provided for months, rather than weeks or days. These articles can help you or your loved one make the transition to hospice care when the time is right:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Hospice: Everything You Need to Know

Hospice is About Hope for Better Quality of Life

Does Hospice Work?

How to Talk With Your Doctor About Hospice

When is it Time to Call Hospice?

Where Does Someone Receive Hospice Care?

Hospice care is brought to seriously ill patients wherever they call home—a private residence, assisted living community or nursing home. These articles explain more:

There's No Place Like Home for Hospice

Hospice is a Service, It's Not a Place

Hospice at Home for the Holidays

What is Continuous Care?

What is the Difference Between Home Heath and Hospice Care?

What is the Difference Between Hospice and Assisted Living?

What is the Difference Between Hospice and a Nursing Home?

What to Expect from Inpatient Care

Infographic: State of Hospice in America

Why Hospice?

Most people with serious illness wish to be comfortable at home, surrounded by the people and things they love. Evidence indicates that, given enough time, hospice care can greatly improve quality of life for the patient and their family. These articles can help you decide if hospice is the right choice for you or a loved one:

Hospice is a Choice

Hospice is a Full Range of Care

Hospice Puts the Patient and Family in Control

The Benefits of Starting Hospice Early

What Does Hospice Do?