Hospice is designed to meet the special needs of the terminally ill and their families. When asked what kind of care they want for themselves or for their loved ones at the end of life, most people say they would prefer to spend their last days at home, free of pain, supported by caring professionals. They want to have as much control over their lives as possible, to be treated with dignity and respect, and to have emotional and spiritual support for themselves and their families.

When medical care cannot offer a cure, hospice provides care, comfort, and support for persons with life-limiting conditions as well as their families. The hospice team works to make the person comfortable and relieve his symptoms and pain for the entire length of his illness.