What is Hospice?
Hospice helps individuals in the final stages of life to live with comfort and dignity.
Hospice is a program of care that includes pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, and family counseling.
Skilled, compassionate care is provided by Hospice professionals and volunteers most often in the familiar surroundings of the patient’s home.
The Hospice team is also available to provide the same comprehensive care in hospital, nursing home, or other in-patient settings. In partnership with these local organizations, Hospice offers services at Auburn Community Hospital, Auburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Commons on St. Anthony Street, and Matthew House.
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“Hospice recognizes dying as a part of the normal process of living and focuses on maintaining the quality of remaining life. Hospice affirms life and neither hastens nor postpones death. Hospice exists in the hope and belief that through appropriate care, and the promotion of a caring community sensitive to their needs, patients and their families may be free to attain a degree of mental and spiritual preparation for death that is satisfactory to them.”
-National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization