Hospice Care

Hospice care provides medical services, emotional support and spiritual resources for people who are in the last stages of a terminal illness, such as cancer or heart failure. Hospice care also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one.

The goal of hospice treatment is to keep the patient comfortable while in the last stages of death. This philosophy is a shift from usual medical treatments, in which health professionals strive to cure the disease.

Hospice services are not intended to speed up or prolong the dying process, but focus instead on relieving pain and other symptoms. Hospice caregivers are concerned with enhancing the quality of remaining life by keeping the patient as alert and comfortable as possible in a familiar environment with family and friends.

Hospice programs offer services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at home or in a hospice center. Hospices are also available in nursing homes, assisted living facilities or hospitals.

Dr. Pearlstein has been involved as a Medical Director with hospice programs since 1995 and believes strongly in the concept of palliative and comfort care.  Our practice works closely with more than 15 hospice agencies in the region, and we can help make recommendations on when it is appropriate to think about hospice care for your loved one.

 

Contact us today to schedule a visit with one of our expert caregivers.