Hospice has been a big part of end of life care since 1970. It is an essential comfort giving service to the dying. It allows the terminally ill to receive the pain management and comfort they need in their final days. Many unfortunately never utilize this service and instead suffer more than they need to in the final days.
Hospice has always been about improving care and comfort for the dying. In the article, “Hospice: Improving Care at the End of Life”, the author, Mary Kane, answers some basic hospice questions and why it so critical to better care at end of life. She states,
“When hospice first started to take off, there was a lot of enthusiasm and a sense you were rescuing a person from the clutches of a medical care system gone mad. That has eroded. Hospice has become both a business, in the sense people are making a lot of money on it, and it’s become routine. Now just about half of Medicare recipients use hospice before they die.”
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Hospice is growing and it is being seen more important everyday, but many still need to understand its importance in their own end of life care. To learn more about thanatology and the needs of the dying, please review our Pastoral Thanatology program