Hospice provides comfort and support when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.
Individuals with a wide range of diagnoses are eligible for hospice care, including heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, COPD, and ALS.
Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death.
Hospice care is most often provided at home, where most people say they want to die.
Hospice care is provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family.
Hospice addresses all symptoms, with a special emphasis on controlling pain.
Hospice deals with the emotional, social and spiritual impact of the disease.
Hospice offers a variety of bereavement and counseling services before and after a death.
*1,029,000 people in the U.S. died in hospice care in 2010, according the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. There were 2,452,000 total deaths in the U.S. in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which means that 41.9 percent of all U.S. deaths occurred in hospice.