The word "Hospice" originally represented a place of refuge that provided shelter and nourishment for weary travelers. Today, Hospice is a special program that cares for people with terminal illness.
In the course of certain illness, when the patient, doctor and family decide the aggressive curative treatment is no longer appropriate, hospice offers new hope, the hope that patients will spend their lives in comfort with the support needed to control the symptoms of illness as well as meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
P.E.C. Healthcare Hospice provides services relating to life-threatening illness. Services are available that are not possible in a traditional health care setting. The hospice team provides services that allow the patient to stay at home with family or other caregivers. Patients are important participants in making decisions that affect their care.
The hospice concept attempts to keep intact the independence, dignity and personal choices of the patient while providing medical treatment and relief. Focus is on the patient and family rather than the disease or cause of death.