Hospice care is a model of quality palliative care that focuses on caring for the terminally-ill patient rather than curing the underlying illness by developing and delivering a treatment plan that meets the individual’s wishes and needs, and that includes medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. The philosophy behind hospice care is that everyone has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, a feat that is possible thanks to the joined efforts of an interdisciplinary team of professionals that involves the patient’s personal physician, a hospice physician, nurses and aides, social workers, spiritual and bereavement counselors, therapists and volunteers available around the clock to assist and comfort patient and family members alike.
According to the statistics collected by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization:
For more information visit the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s website.
Lorena Vernaz Asadi holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology and splits her time between family, work, volunteering activities, reading and sewing projects. Aside from being an LGBT ally, her interests span migration, social identity, women’s rights and interracial relation issues among others. She is currently applying for graduate school.