What is Hospice?

Hospice is for patients of all ages with a life-limiting illness with a prognosis of six months or less to live, and who have decided not to pursue curative or life prolonging treatment but instead want to focus on palliative (comfort) care.

Choosing hospice care does not mean one is “giving up” on life, but they are choosing to invest their energy in living. The treatment goal of hospice is symptom management, comfort care and pain control.

Hospice is about cherishing the gift of life to the full until God transforms that gift into eternal life. It is about supporting individuals with competent, compassionate caregivers so they can make that journey well with their family and loved ones in the face of chronic, progressive or life-threatening illness. - Sister Judith Ann, O.S.F.

OSF Hospice recognizes that each person’s situation is different. We focus on meeting you and your family’s specific needs, so you can focus on what matters – quality time with loved ones.

The OSF Hospice philosophy is to provide care for the terminally ill and their significant others in the comfort of their own home or home-like surroundings. OSF Hospice care allows the terminally ill to live out their last days among the people and things they love, as comfortable and pain free as possible.

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What is Hospice?

Hospice Care in Detail

Advance Care Planning

Where is Hospice Available?

Power of Attorney

Hospice and Quality of Life