Hospice

Hospice

Caregive hands on paitent handHarrison and hospice care

When doctors diagnose people with a terminal illness, hospice offers compassionate care. People can still live each day to the fullest and with dignity. Once you decide to stop treatment, the focus is on improving your quality of life.

Although Harrison Medical Center doesn’t provide hospice care, we’ve worked closely with Hospice of Kitsap County for 30 years. Our patients deserve quality care.

Hospice uses various services to provide comfort, compassion, and support to patients and their loved ones. Care can take place anywhere — your own home, a nursing facility, or inpatient hospice.

Supportive hospice services

Hospice providers see death as part of the continuum of life. For patients in hospice, it’s a time to live life to its fullest, find peace, improve relationships, and live with dignity. To do this, it’s important to help patients find relief from pain and symptoms.

The more time you give yourself in hospice, the more you and your family can benefit from its:

  • Individualized care
  • Emotional support
  • Consistent care
  • Focus on life
  • Pain relief
  • Professional nursing
  • Spiritual support
  • Caring community
  • Hospice also offers bereavement support to the family
  • A compassionate team

Hospice providers know how to listen; you can speak openly about your thoughts and feelings. They’re compassionate patient advocates by your side on your journey. The experienced team brings relief on many levels to you and your family.

  • Medical director
  • Personal doctor
  • Pharmacist
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Nurses
  • Volunteers
  • Counselors
  • Nursing assistants
  • Home health aides

Your goals during hospice care

This is a time for you to focus on what is most important to you. Harrison refers you to hospice care that will help you live the rest of your days filled with love, dignity, and quality care.

While goals vary for each individual, many hospice goals are common to most people:

  • Laugh more
  • Live in the present
  • Repair a relationship
  • Live without pain
  • Live as fully as possible
  • Enjoy the people you love

For more information about hospice care, please first contact your primary care provider or cardiovascular specialist.