Hospice is a philosophy of care that emphasizes comfort and dignity for patients and their families when they are facing a serious life-limiting illness.
Based on the principle that human beings want dignity, choice and control, hospice care supports people to:
- live with greater comfort and dignity as they near the end of their time on earth
- find peace and hope even as they face a life-limiting illness
- die in comfort in the place of their choice
- find peace, comfort and acceptance
- know that their family members will be supported emotionally and spiritually.
Hospice care focuses on:
- enabling patients to stay at home supported by their loved ones
- caring for the whole person — body, mind, and spirit
- making each day as comfortable and peaceful as it possibly can be.
At NHH, we care for the whole person.
We attend to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our patients and their families, always honoring that they are coping with so much more than simply the physical symptoms of a disease. Since patients’ conditions and family situations change rapidly at the end of life, we remain highly responsive to the particular needs of each family hour by hour.
We provide compassionate, individualized, and flexible care.
Our interdisciplinary staff works closely with each patient’s loved ones, doctors, and other members of his or her support network. We enter each patient’s home respectful of the family’s situation and choices. Our program of care is tailored to each individual and directed by the families’ choices.