Hospice and Palliative Care

Compassionate support and care for patients and families.

Should a time come when efforts to cure or slow the progression of an illness are no longer working, hospice care can help ensure that a resident’s final months or days of life are as comfortable and fulfilling as possible.

The goals of senior hospice care are to provide comfort, control and dignity and, to the extent possible, improve the quality of life that remains.

While our senior hospice care services are specifically tailored to those in their final stage of life, we also offer palliative care efforts that can bring similar comfort and support to individuals whose diagnosis and treatment include the potential for recovery. To learn more about the differences of palliative care vs hospice care, explore the FAQ section on this page.

The staff at Benedictine communities are trained to work with patients at all stages of life and to:

  • Offer guidance in making a plan for living well
  • Coordinate care with doctors
  • Provide relief from pain and other uncomfortable symptoms
  • Assist in making difficult medical decisions
  • Offer the patient and their loved ones emotional and spiritual support and guidance

The services of a chaplain are also available to those who desire spiritual support.

To learn more about hospice care at a Benedictine Living Community near you, please visit our Locations page or call 1-800-833-7208.

The goal of palliative care is to relieve the symptoms of an illness, as well as the side effects of treatment, and help the patient feel better. Palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and can be given while the patient is actively receiving treatment intended to cure or treat the underlying disease.

Hospice is a form of palliative care reserved for patients who are terminally ill, when treatment of the disease has been stopped and the patient isn’t expected to survive the illness. Both palliative and hospice care are designed to treat the whole patient and their family members, and offer psychological and spiritual counseling.

When a patient needs pain control and symptom management that can’t be provided in another setting, inpatient hospice care is available. Respite care is also available to give caregivers a break.

Family members of patients may visit at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Family members of patients may visit at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.