Hospice is a philosophy of care, not a place. Hospice provides care for both the patient and the family well before and after the time of death. It is a way of caring that treats the whole person – physical, social, emotional and spiritual – and recognizes managing a life-limiting illness and dying as normal parts of living. Hospice is about care, not cure, and thus focuses on the quality of remaining life.
Exempla Lutheran Hospice at Collier Hospice Center (ELH/CHC) provides an array of end-of-life programs and services, created to meet the needs of the terminally ill and those who love them. The care we provide at the end of a patient’s life journey is rooted in our core philosophies:
“You matter because you are you. You matter to the very last moment of your life, and we will do all that we can not only to help you to die peacefully, but to live until you die.” — Dame Cicely Saunders, OM, St. Christopher’s Hospice, London, England, 1967