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Health answers: What does home hospice care involve?

Q. What does home hospice care involve?

A. Hospice care provides support for the comfort and well-being of patients at the end of their lives; hospice patients usually have terminal conditions and have been given a doctor’s prognosis of six months or less to live. While hospice care can take place in a facility, “most hospice care in the US is provided in the patient’s own home,” says Diane Stringer, president and CEO of Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston. It does not involve round-the-clock medical care, she adds. “It is
intermittent visits by members of the hospice team.”

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