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How Hospice Can Help

Hospice is a set of services, rather than a place, that helps patients and families address the many issues that arise at the end of life. When an illness no longer responds to curative treatments or a patient chooses to stop further aggressive treatments, hospice offers a full range of care aimed at comfort rather than cure. At the center of hospice care is the belief that each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our families will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so.

Central Washington's hospice programs are comprised of compassionate and skilled professionals trained to provide responsive medical, emotional, physical, and spiritual support to anyone in need.

The goals of hospice are to:

  • Support end-of-life care. Patients have full autonomy to make decisions about how the remainder of their life is spent.
  • Achieve safe and comfortable dying. The patient is free of distressing symptoms in an environment that does not aggravate or hasten dying.
  • Promote effective grieving. Everyone grieves differently. Hospice supports those who have lost a loved one by helping them adjust to a new environment and ultimately regain the ability to invest in other activities and relationships.
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