What is Hospice?
Hospice care is a form of specialized, holistic care that focuses on comfort and quality of life of people who face life-limiting illness, disease, or terminal conditions. Hospice provides humane and compassionate care for people so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease, working to manage symptoms with a focus on the overall or holistic well being of a patient. This includes addressing not only his or her physical condition but also any emotional, social and spiritual needs as death approaches.
Hospice care is family-centered – including the patient and the family in making decisions, and providing support, resources, and information to a patient’s family and loved ones throughout, as well as assistance after death.
People may have hospice care while they are having treatments for their illness. However, people are usually referred when it is acknowledged the illness is incurable.
While hospice care does not seek a cure to a patient’s life-limiting illness, disease or condition, hospice also does not hasten death or “help someone die.”
The overall mission of hospice care is to affirm life while recognizing death as a part of a natural process, to help patients spend the remainder of their lives as fully and comfortably as possible.
We need to talk about dying: Hospice NZ Campaign
“We want to support New Zealanders to have more conversations about death in the hope they might worry about it less.”
Hospice New Zealand’s campaign ‘We need to talk about dying’ aims to support communities to reclaim their familiarity with dying by sharing stories and information and to make it easy for them to talk about it more, and to ensure we all feel more ready and able to support each other when we’re grieving.