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Hospice



A program or facility that provides special care for people who are near the end of life and for their families. Hospice care can be provided at home, in a hospice or other freestanding facility, or within a hospital.

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  • Hospital

    A place for receiving medical or surgical care, usually as an inpatient (resident). An ill person in the US may be ‘in the hospital,’ and his ailing UK counterpart would say he is ‘in hospital.’

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    Care designed to give supportive care to people in the final phase of a terminal illness and focus on comfort and quality of life, rather than cure. The goal is to enable patients to be comfortable and free of pain, so that they live each day as fully as possible. Aggressive methods of pain control […]



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  • Hospital gown

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