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What is Hospice?

The term “hospice” originated in medieval times when it was used to describe a place of shelter and rest for weary and sick travelers. The modern hospice movement began in 1967 when Dr. Cicely Saunders, a British physician, established St. Christopher’s Hospice near London.

The goal of all hospice programs is to improve the quality of an individual’s last days and weeks of life by offering comfort and dignity.

At St. Camillus, the Hospice Team conducts an evaluation of the person’s physical condition, pain, support system and environment. Each person’s needs are unique. This is why our Hospice Team works with the individual and their family to develop a personalized Wholistic Care Plan. An interdisciplinary team then begins delivery of the plan. (The fact that it’s an interdisciplinary team is a distinguishing aspect of St. Camillus Hospice Care.)

Throughout the Hospice Team’s involvement, the individual and their family are provided information and opportunities to participate in the decision making process, while the focus of care remains on symptom management, comfort, dignity and quality of life.

Hospice Team members (staff and volunteers) assist with all the traditional physical care tasks such as bathing, managing pain medications, arranging medical equipment and therapies. They also do things as simple as provide back rubs, assist with household chores, help with financial matters, talk openly about feelings, arrange transportation to doctor appointments, and help family members cope.

Hospice is a concept of care…not a defined place. When Hospice Care is delivered in a person’s or in a family member’s home, it generally provides the individual with more privacy and control of their environment, such as when to eat, bathe, have company, or visit with a pet. It can also be more convenient for family and friends to visit.

Hospice Care can be delivered at various locations on the St. Camillus campus.

Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation.

Books for Children and Teens:

Ages 4-8: When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown

Ages 6-9: Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley

Ages 10-12: Geranium Morning by E. Sandy Powell

Teens: Facing Change: Falling Apart and Coming Together Again in the Teen Years by Donna B. O’Toole

Adults helping Children:

Guiding your Child through Grief by Mary Ann and James Emswiler