Getting Started with Hospice Care
When experiencing a serious illness, there are many obstacles to overcome.
Hospice focuses on what is most important to you and your family. We help make each day its best by caring for the whole person—physically, spiritually and emotionally. Our team is here to guide you through whatever life has in store.
Hospice care can be provided in various settings including home, nursing home, assisted living and at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center.
Learn more about hospice care and how it is different from palliative care by getting started.
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HopeHealth's hospice team of compassionate professionals are specially trained in caring for people facing serious illness and loss. We are the major teaching affiliate for hospice and palliative medicine for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Rhode Island.
When time matters most, what defines quality end-of-life care for people with life-limiting illness? The answer is not so simple. Dr. Vinay Rao, palliative care physician for HopeHealth, explains.
How We Help
“From the minute we walked through the door [at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center], we felt hugged – and secure in the knowledge our loved one would be tended to with the utmost respect and dignity. The physical, emotional and spiritual comfort you provided, and witnessing the peace that came to our loved one at day’s end, have allowed me to be at peace as well.”
— Anonymous family caregiver
Signs and Symptoms: When to Know it is Time for Hospice
Hospice switches the focus of care to comfort. It is not about giving up, it's about living the way you want to at end of life. Here are some examples of patients who would benefit from hospice care:
A man in his 80s with CHF who has been hospitalized several times over the past two years
A woman recovering from heart surgery who has not told her family if she would like to be resuscitated to save her life again
A woman with chronic kidney disease whose doctor tells her she will soon need dialysis
A man with dementia whose daughter can no longer leave him home alone safely while she runs errands
A cancer patient who has lost her appetite as a side effect of chemotherapy
A woman who has lived with COPD for five years and now needs her inhaler to climb stairs and do laundry