Florence Mittino (Contact) - 659-9910
What is Hospice?
Hospice is a way of providing care wherever a patient is--at home or in an institution. It is a comprehensive program for patients and families that emphasizes quality of life and is most effective during the final 6 months of life expectancy. It is a care system based on the right of people to know accurately and honestly what is happening to them so they can choose how they want to spend their precious remaining time in the most purposeful and meaningful way, consistent with their wishes and needs.
Hospice care helps patients live their lives to the fullest extent possible by relieving physical pain and discomfort and providing emotional support. Hospice enables people to continue their daily routines, hobbies, and favorite activities for as long as possible.
Hospice neither hastens nor delays death. It allows nature to take its course and to help patients to live life to its fullest until they die.
Above all, hospice care emphasizes each person’s right to direct the course of care and supports patients in making well-informed decisions. The patients and family are in charge, and the Hospice team works with them to determine how and when Hospice provides care and how often Hospice visits. Hospice care and services recognize the integrity and value of each family’s lifestyles, traditions, and beliefs.
What is Hospice Not?
Hospice is definitely not a resignation to hopelessness and helplessness. It is a way to deal realistically and humanely with one of the greatest challenges of life, and offers new perspectives on hope and help to patients and families. It is available to patients of any age, race, sex or religion whose life is in its final stages. It is a family oriented program that helps families to care for their loved ones in their place of residence.
There are several Hospices that serve the Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Prince William areas. For further information, call me at 540-659-9910, and I shall be happy to talk with you.