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What is Hospice & Palliative Care?

Hospice is a program of Health Care & services designated to meet the needs of patients & their loved ones, when the patient is diagnosed with a disease for which they do not elect aggressive treatment.

Palliative Care is a medical specialty which focuses more broadly on relieving suffering, improving life & providing comfort to people of all ages with serious, chronic &
life–threatening illnesses.

Who is Eligible for Hospice Care?

Recipient of Services:

  • Patients that live within our geographical boundaries
  • Have a life–limiting illness & seek medical, spiritual, psychological & personal support
  • Have a Primary Care Physician

The Hospice Circle of Care

The Hospice Circle of Care depicts the holistic continuum of care rendered by hospice professionals and trained volunteers working together as a team to assess and meet the patient’ s and family’s unique needs as the end of life draws near.

Medical Director

  • Co-certify the terminal prognosis with the attending physician
  • Lead the interdisciplinary team in the development of the plan of care
  • Provide consultation to other Physician regarding Hospice Care

Attending Physician

  • Certify the terminal prognosis
  • Assess patient’s needs, symptoms & treatment
  • Direct and approve the plan of care
  • Coordinate care with interdisciplinary team

Social Worker

  • Assess patient’s & family’s emotional, social, spiritual & financial needs
  • Develop a plan of care to meet identified needs
  • Provide direct counseling or refer patient & family to appropriate community agencies
  • Provide bereavement support


  • Assess patient’s & family’s spiritual needs
  • Develop a plan of care to meet identified needs
  • Provide direct counseling
  • Assist with memorial preparations
  • Provide consultations to community clergy


  • Provide companionship & support to patient & family
  • Provide needed nonmedical services, letter writing, errands & respite time for family
  • Provide support at time of death & during bereavement

Certified Nursing Assistant

  • Provide direct personal care to patient
  • Provide comfort measures & report identified needs to RN Case manager
  • Provide emotional support to patient and family

Registered Nurse

  • Assess patient and family needs
  • Develop the plan of care to meet identified needs
  • Coordinate team visits & ensure implementation of approved plan of care
  • Coordinate care with attending physician, primary care giver, and/or
  • Agency Staff
  • Ensure symptom control & pain management
  • Provide patient/family teaching as needed

Please read more about the hospice care services we can provide. Visit these individual links for more information:

How is Hospice Care Started?

Help is only one phone call away. The attending physician, patient, family member, friends, clergy, social workers, hospital discharge planner, or any person concerned with a patient’s well-being can make a referral. If you call us, we will contact the patient’s physician for approval. Services will be started immediately. You can reach Solace Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. at 847-250-5036.