Hospice Care (Q&A)

What is hospice care? Hospice care refers to care given to a patient when medical treatment cannot offer a cure nor can it prevent further deterioration of the patient’s disease. The life expectancy of the patient may be less than six months. Under these circumstances, hospice care is given to alleviate the symptoms for the patient, and provide emotional support, spiritual and social care for both the patient and his/her family in order to improve their quality of life. Hospice Care neither hastens nor postpones death, but assists and supports the patient and family till the natural end of life. Hospice care has been practiced in the US for more than forty years and many ethnic groups have benefited from this. However, many Asians and Chinese are still quite unfamiliar with the concepts of hospice care and the resources which it offers, due to the cultural tendency to avoid the subject of death.

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