Call-to-Community Around Hospice
Tranquility With Tea Service
The word hospice derives from the Latin word, hospitum – meaning hospitality or place of rest and protection for the ill and weary. It is believed that that the first hospices originated in Malta around 1065, dedicated to caring for the ill and dying heading to and from the Holy Land. As the popularity of the Crusades grew, in the 1090s the incurably ill were placed into places dedicated to treatment.
Today, we recognize Hospice care as a special kind of care that focuses on the quality of life for those experiencing advanced, life-limiting illness as well as care for their caregivers. It provides compassionate care for those in the last phases of incurable disease, so they might live as fully and comfortably as possible. Services are provided by a team of healthcare professionals, who maximize comfort by reducing pain and addressing physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. Various aspects of these services can be found as part of hospital care, in-home care and in special home-like environments.