What is a hospice?

A welcoming reception volunteerHospice care is aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of living and dying for those diagnosed with terminal illness. Those who choose hospice care typically have a life expectancy of three months or less and have made the decision, along with their doctor and family, to replace cure goals with comfort or palliative goals. Lisaard House and Innisfree House offer a tranquil alternative to hospitalization for patients whose death is approaching and is about supporting both patients and their loved ones throughout the final stage of the terminal illness.

Most people, if asked, will say they dream of a peaceful, comfortable death surrounded by their loved ones; Lisaard House and Innisfree bring together an interdisciplinary team of trained professionals to deliver services that can make the dream a reality and to fulfill the mission of hospice care by affirming life and viewing death as a natural process.

Hospice care is not designed to hasten death, but rather to help patients live the remainder of their lives as fully as possible. Those who deliver hospice/palliative care aim to treat the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and help them through their final days by providing:

  • Comfort
  • Hope, dignity and choice
  • Continuity of care
  • Emotional and practical support
  • Educational resources and community connections
  • Sensitivity to personal, cultural and religious values, beliefs, and practices
  • Grief and bereavement support.