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Hospice in the Hospital

Hospice is a philosophy of care that focuses on quality and comfort. Where the care takes place varies to the individual situation. Statistically, 48 percent of deaths occur in hospitals even though most Americans, when asked, would prefer to die at home. When this is possible, Forbes Hospice and Palliative Care is there. But when discharge home is not possible and the life expectancy is a few days, then hospice care at the hospital may be an option.

Forbes Hospice and Palliative Care has partnered primarily with our system hospitals in the West Penn Allegheny Health System to provide this service. Your loved one stays at the hospital with the nursing staff of the hospital providing direct care with Forbes Hospice and Palliative Care providing additional support in terms of pain and symptom management. Our care team also works with the healthcare staff at the hospital, as well as the family, providing education, emotional and spiritual support. If needed, the hospice team works with the family on alternative care plans which may include transfer to our inpatient unit.

The primary benefits of hospice care in the hospital include the best comfort management for the loved one and follow-up bereavement support to the family. Forbes Hospice and Palliative Care, with its expertise in pain and symptom management, can help provide comfort to those in the final stages of life.

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