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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).
..... Click the link for more information. , 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.
..... Click the link for more information. 's work with the dying.
A resort for travelers which includes lodging and entertainment.
a nursing home that specializes in caring for the terminally ill