Hospice is a philosophy of care. It is not a facility but rather the approach, goals and expertise that determine the care that is provided to an individual nearing end of life. You can receive hospice palliative care in any setting such as at home or in the hospital, if your care team is trained in hospice palliative care.
A residential hospice is a facility that exclusively provides a palliative approach to care aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of living and dying for those diagnosed with life-limiting illness. Those who choose hospice care typically have a life expectancy of three months or less and have made the decision, along with their doctor and family, to replace curative goals with comfort or palliative goals. Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice offers a home-like setting to support both patients and their loved ones throughout the final stages of a life-limiting illness.
Most people, if asked, will say they dream of a peaceful, comfortable death surrounded by their loved ones. Lisaard and Innisfree Hospice brings together an interdisciplinary team of palliative trained professionals to deliver services that can make that dream a reality, and to fulfill the mission of hospice care by affirming life and viewing death as a natural process.
Hospice care is not designed to hasten death, but rather to help patients live the
remainder of their lives as fully as possible. Those who deliver hospice palliative care
aim to treat the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and help them through their final
days by providing:
- Hope, dignity and choice
- Continuity of care
- Emotional and practical support
- Educational resources and community connections
- Sensitivity to personal, cultural and religious values, beliefs, and practices
- Grief and bereavement support.