What Is Hospice?

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HOSPICE is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.

At Abbey Road Hospice, at-home hospice is a care option for the elderly or terminally ill that provides care services in a comfortable and familiar environment. The goal of at-home hospice is to provide comfort and dignity to patients in their final days. Our care team can provide round-the-clock care, with nurses, social workers, chaplains, and other professionals that specialize in end-of-life care. The hospice team will also work with the patient’s family and loved ones by providing counseling, assistance with finances, and support.

The goal of our hospice home care program is to provide comfort and dignity during the end of our patient’s life journey. Spending time surrounded by loved ones and community members will bring them peace and remove the burden and worry that comes from medical facilities.

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Diagnoses That May Qualify for Hospice Referral

Often, the doctors of our patients will recommend seeking hospice care when cure-oriented treatments are no longer the focus of their care. Diagnoses that may qualify for a doctor’s referral for hospice include, but are not limited to:

  • ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • AIDS
  • Cancer
  • CVA/Stroke
  • Cardiac Disease (Heart)
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Liver Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Renal Disease
  • Trauma/Head Injury
  • Any Life Limiting Illness

Specialized Care for Those Facing a Life-Limiting Illness

Hospice is a specialized type of care for those facing a life-threatening illness, their families, and their caregivers. Abbey Road Hospice in Columbia, SC will address our patient’s physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. Allowing our care team to help your loved one can also help the family and caregivers. We want you to focus on being fully present with your loved one and spending quality time with them, while we handle the medical and other essential care tasks.

What Can Hospice Help With?

Our at-home hospice services can help with a variety of tasks for a patient with a life-threatening illness. Hospice care concentrates on managing a patient’s pain and other symptoms so that the patient may live as comfortably as possible and make the most of the time that remains.

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Quality of Life

Hospice care believes the quality of life is as important as the length of life. We focus on providing comfort and pain relief so that our patient’s remaining time can be dignified. Our care improves the quality of life for the elderly or terminally ill by creating a sense of security, dignity, and control.

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