Can I stay at home?
Yes. Hospice is a philosophy and a concept, not a place, so it comes to you. With hospice support, the majority of hospice patients are cared for in their own homes surrounded by loved ones and friends. Family and friends deliver most of the care under the watchful eye of the hospice interdisciplinary team members who teach caregivers, visit regularly to provide care, answer medical questions, and provide support. Hospices have staff available 24 hours every day to consult by phone with the family and make additional day or night visits as appropriate. Hospice designs the care to enable you to stay at home if you desire to do so.
Some hospices operate their own home-like freestanding inpatient and residential care facilities. If inpatient or nursing facility care is required, the hospice will make arrangements that you agree with.