Hospice is a specialized, multi-disciplinary program of care providing clinical expertise and support for people in the final stages of a life-limiting illness and their families. By focusing not only on the physical, but also the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of life, hospice ensures that each patient achieves the best quality of life possible for whatever time he or she has left.
Dying is a natural part of life. A patient and family may turn to Good Samaritan Hospice when prospect of recovery from a disease is limited and further curative medical intervention would not contribute significantly to quality of life.
Hospice care is provided in the home or a home-like setting. Good Samaritan Hospice's interdisciplinary team of nurses, social workers, chaplains, certified nursing assistants, bereavement counselors and volunteers are specially trained to assist the patient to live as fully and as comfortably as possible with his or her rights to dignity and choice intact. We work with both the patient and his or her family to alleviate distressing symptoms (such as pain), provide personal care, assist with decision-making, provide emotional support and, in general, provide a "safety net" that people need during this time of life.
Good Samaritan’s approach to hospice is about choice. At the heart of the hospice philosophy is the belief that patients who face terminal illness should be encouraged to remain independent and in control of their lives. We encourage the patient and family to participate fully in every decision about care.
The last stage of life can be a time for growing, sharing, cherishing, savoring, and letting go. At Good Samaritan Hospice, we are experts at helping people care for loved ones facing advanced stages of illness.