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hospice,

program of humane and supportive care for the terminally ill and their families; the term also applies to a professional facility that provides care to dying patients who can no longer be cared for at home. Hospice is an alternative to hospitalization in which the focus is on maintaining the quality of life as much as is possible. It typically emphasizes home care for as long as possible; relief from pain; an attractive, noninstitutional environment if the patient can no longer be cared for at home; and personal and family counseling. The hospice movement was pioneered by Dr. Cicely SaundersSaunders, Dame Cicely
(Cicely Mary Strode Saunders), 1918–2005, British physician, a pioneer in the modern hospice movement. She left Oxford during World War II to become a nurse (1944) and, after working as a medical social worker with cancer patients, a doctor (1957).
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, founder of St. Christopher's Hospice (opened 1967), London, and furthered by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-RossKübler-Ross, Elisabeth
, 1926–2004, American psychiatrist, b. Switzerland. After studying medicine at the Univ. of Zürich (M.D. 1957), Kübler-Ross became a pioneer in the field of thanatology, the study of death and dying.
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's work with the dying.

hospice

A resort for travelers which includes lodging and entertainment.

hospice

a nursing home that specializes in caring for the terminally ill
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The Connecticut Hospice is the countrys first hospice and its care for seriously ill patients spans four decades.
Hallmark Hospice is a provider of hospice services in Houston, Texas.
It is estimated that there are 100,000 people in the UK who will need expert end-oflife care, but will not get the right support, according to Hospice UK's report.
The hospice equipment division of Travis Medical, based in Austin, is a provider of medical equipment to hospices in a number of key markets in Texas.
Hospice care is provided to patients who have a limited life expectancy, typically of six months or less.
are derived from ten or fewer claims are excluded from the Hospice PUF.
Hospice Greater Saint John has provided valuable palliative care services to our region for 33 years.
Hospice employers will be represented by Wayne Naylor (Hospice Waikato), Janice Byford-Jones (Cranford Hospice, Hastings), Debbie Penlington (Waipuna Hospice, Auckland) and Clare Randall (Arohanui Hospice).
West Virginia hospices now care for more than 10,000 patients a year and access to hospice care has steadily improved in the past decade: more hospices are providing care in nursing facilities and seven free-standing hospice inpatient facilities have opened since 2001.
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As Chair of the Assembly Cross Party Group on Hospices and Palliative Care, I was pleased to be quoted in last Monday's (August 18th) story 'Hospices concerned as funds are frozen for the third year',' but regret that I was wrongly named as Mark Drakeford, the name of the Welsh Government's Health Minister.
Helen, who has worked at the hospice for two years, decided to take on the challenge after watching patients lose their own hair after chemotherapy.