Thoughts on Hospice Care
Discussing a family memberâ€™s end of life scenarios is understandably difficult, however hospice care has been designed to make it easier for families facing this situation. According to Wikipedia, hospice care began to evolve in the 1700â€™s but the modern practices of palliative (relieving pain) hospice care really started in the 1950â€™s. Contemporary hospice practice is to essentially provide medical care to a patient who has less than six months to live due to one or more medical conditions or even old age. Care may be provided in a hospital-type setting, nursing home or the patientâ€™s own home.