Our Decatur hospice and palliative care program seeks to provide supportive care to patients with a critical or terminal illness. Palliative care may begin immediately after diagnosis and seeks to improve the quality of life for a patient with a critical illness. Palliative therapies strive to relieve pain, symptoms, and stress caused by the illness while allowing the patient to maintain their desired activity level to the extent possible. Palliative care includes special focus on the psychological and spiritual needs of the patient.
Beginning after treatment of disease has ceased, hospice care addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, spiritual needs as they near the end of life. Our hospice care services seek to keep the patient as comfortable as possible while preserving their dignity and quality of life. Hospice patients receive nursing, emotional and pastoral care. Medicare may provide benefits for hospice care in some circumstances. See Medicare.gov for more information.