What does Hospice mean?

Definitions for Hospiceˈhɒs pɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hospice(noun)

    a lodging for travelers (especially one kept by a monastic order)

  2. hospice(noun)

    a program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill


  1. hospice(Noun)

    The provision of palliative care for terminally ill patients, either at a specialized facility or at a residence, and support for the family, typically refraining from taking extraordinary measures to prolong life.

  2. hospice(Noun)

    A specialized facility or organization offering palliative care for the terminally ill.

  3. hospice(Noun)

    A lodging for pilgrims or the destitute, normally provided by a monastic order.

  4. Origin: From hospice, from hospise, from hospitium.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hospice(noun)

    a convent or monastery which is also a place of refuge or entertainment for travelers on some difficult road or pass, as in the Alps; as, the Hospice of the Great St. Bernard

  2. Origin: [F., fr. L. hospitium hospitality, a place where strangers are entertained, fr. hospes stranger, guest. See Host a landlord.]


  1. Hospice

    Hospice care is a type and philosophy of care that focuses on the palliative care of a terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs. Within the United States the term is largely defined by the practices of the Medicare system and other health insurance providers, which make hospice care available, either in an inpatient facility or at the patient's home, to patients with a terminal prognosis who are medically certified to have less than six months to live. Outside the United States, the term hospice tends to be primarily associated with the particular buildings or institutions that specialise in such care. Outside the United States such institutions may similarly mostly provide care in an end-of-life setting; but they may also be available for patients with other specific palliative care needs. The focus of hospice care is on palliation of the patient's pain and symptoms. These symptoms may be physical, emotional, or psychosocial in nature. Hospice care focuses on bringing comfort, self-respect, and tranquility to people in the final years of life. Patients’ symptoms and pain are controlled, goals of care are discussed and emotional needs are supported. Hospice believes that the end of life is not a medical experience, it is a human experience that benefits from expert medical and holistic support that hospice offers. The concept of hospice has been evolving since the 11th century. Then, and for centuries thereafter, hospices were places of hospitality for the sick, wounded, or dying, as well as those for travelers and pilgrims. The modern concept of hospice includes palliative care for the incurably ill given in such institutions as hospitals or nursing homes, but also care provided to those who would rather spend their last months and days of life in their own homes. It began to emerge in the 17th century, but many of the foundational principles by which modern hospice services operate were pioneered in the 1950s by Dame Cicely Saunders. Hospice care also involves assistance for patients’ families to help them cope with what is happening and provide care and support to keep the patient at home. Although the movement has met with some resistance, hospice has rapidly expanded through the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hospice

    hos′pēs, n. a house of entertainment for strangers, esp. such kept by monks on some Alpine passes for travelers.—Also Hospit′ium. [Fr.,—L. hospitiumhospes, a stranger treated as a guest.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hospice in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hospice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. David Casarett:

    Do n’t wait for someone to suggest hospice, by the time that a doctor thinks about hospice as an option, and suggests it, it’s often too late.

  2. Liza Heaton:

    Last week, we were thinking hospice. Only a few weeks left. Then, with this chemo pill, we weren’t given a time frame. We’re hopeful to beat it again and go into remission and spend the rest of our lives together.

  3. Sharon Giordano:

    Other studies have found that patients who enroll in hospice have better quality of life and longer survival, one could hypothesize that the patients who have good control of their symptoms are more comfortable having their care managed at home through a hospice program.

  4. Scott Irwin:

    . Dr. Scott Irwin, director of palliative care psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, who was not connected with the study, said the lesson isn't that hospice care is costing too much. Costs should naturally go up because more people are using hospice and using it earlier, which is a really good thing.

  5. Michelle Haynie:

    The hope is that the pill will stop the tumors, and in the spring she can join a trial and treat the cancer, last week, we were thinking hospice. Only a few weeks left. Then, with this chemo pill, we weren’t given a time frame. We’re hopeful to beat it again and go into remission and spend the rest of our lives together.

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