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Hospice care provides medical services, emotional support, and spiritual resources for people who are in the late stages of an incurable illness, such as cancer or Alzheimer's disease. Hospice care also helps family members manage the practical details and emotional challenges of caring for a dying loved one.
Hospice services are provided by a team of caregivers that may include health professionals, volunteers, and spiritual advisors. Services typically include:
Current as of: December 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Shelly R. Garone MD, FACP - Palliative Medicine
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