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Henry Ford Hospice is dedicated to providing compassionate hospice care of the highest quality to serve the needs of terminally ill patients and their families within the community. Hospice care is unique because it focuses on symptom control, pain management and comfort care when there is no longer an expectation for cure.
Hospice focuses on:
In many cases, the primary physician will suggest hospice care when curative treatment is no longer deemed effective or desirable. However, patients and family members should feel free to open the discussion of hospice care at any time during a life-limiting illness.
Patients receiving total parenteral nutrition (TPN), dialysis, chemotherapy or radiation as palliative measures are admissible for hospice care. The primary care physician is encouraged to consult with the hospice medical director as to when a patient should be admitted to hospice care.
Under the direction of a physician, hospice offers effective methods of pain and symptom control to allow patients to remain alert and to live life as fully and as comfortably as possible. Hospice emphasizes human values that go beyond the physical needs of the patient, and hospice team members are trained to address emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of the patient and family members.