Pain and Symptom Control

The hospice care team focuses on the patient's well-being and comfort; and is committed to developing a plan of care that relieves pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Patients may experience unpleasant symptoms like pain, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, fear, anxiety or agitation. The expert hospice team works closely with the patient, their family, and their doctor to diminish or eliminate these symptoms through the use of medications, companionship, emotional and/or spiritual counseling, equipment, education or other techniques. Our success is measured by your goals for your comfort.

What do I do if I have a symptom that is out of control in the middle of the night?

Our nurses and physicians are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We will be there for you.

Will I be given morphine to hasten my dying?

No. Hospice philosophy is to neither hasten nor postpone the natural dying process. Morphine is given to relieve symptoms such as pain or shortness of breath, but not with the intention of hastening death. Studies have recently shown that people on hospice live longer than those with similar diseases who do not receive hospice.

From Our Patients & Their Families

"Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for the extreme acts of kindness and compassion you expressed in her care. I cannot thank you enough for the incredible good deed you accomplished in granting my mom her last wish to be at home with her family. I was so impressed with the professionalism and courtesy of your organization for her home care." More...