What is Hospice?

0_0_0_0_248_448_csupload_37415832One of the most common misconceptions about hospice is that hospice is a place where people go to die. Hospice is not a place, it is a philosophy of care, a program offering services to the terminally ill patients and their families. These Hospice services are provided to  patients in any place of residence that they call home.Hospice focuses on care, not cure. According to The American Cancer Society, the word hospice is “rooted in the centuries-old idea of offering a place of shelter and rest, or ‘hospitality’ to weary and sick travelers on a long journey. Dame Cicely Saunders at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London first applied the term ‘hospice’ to specialized care for dying patients in 1967.” What services are provided? The Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice was designed with the goal to support the establishment of a comprehensive system of care for cancer patients in Belize. However, in serving the Southern region Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice, to the extent possible, will care for other non cancer patients who are terminally ill. Services at the Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice uses an interdisciplinary approach, and will be structured according to your needs, which may change over time. The Hospice Association of America (HAA) suggests a hospice team may include any combination of the following services. The Edlin Leslie Sr. Hospice will offer the following services according to the three phases of the program.