Hospice care focuses on palliative care or 'comfort care' to ensure a high quality of life for terminally ill. It typically is recommended for those with a diagnosis of fewer than six months to live, and may be an option to consider if you or a loved one has a terminal illness or condition.
The Mayo Clinic provides an article End of Life that helps define hospice services, who can benefit from it, how it works, and how to select a program for you and your loved one.
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