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End of life care

Care for when the end is near

If your parent is nearing the end of life, our hospice care specialists can help make their remaining time more comfortable.

Hospice is specialized care designed to provide relief from discomfort and worry to a person who is dying so they can make the most of the time they have left. Hospice care is provided by a team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers – usually where your parent already lives. Hospice care can include:

  • Physical care – Symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety, breathing distress and sleep problems are treated with medications. Treatments or medications that are no longer beneficial may be stopped.
  • Emotional, spiritual and social support – Both you and your parent will receive support to help with anxiety, grief, family conflict, non-medical services and spiritual issues. Hospice also provides bereavement support for up to 13 months following a loved one’s death.

Anyone may request hospice care, but a doctor must confirm that your parent qualifies. A person with a life-threatening illness can receive hospice care when a doctor believes he or she has six months or less to live.

Learn more about hospice services