Page Discuss History Wikis > Hospice and palliative care at home or in a hospice facility Hospice is typically an option for patients whose life expectancy is six months or less, and involves palliative care (pain and all other symptom relief) to enable your patients to live his or her final days with the highest & the best quality of the remaining life possible. Hospice care can be provided either at the hospital, nursing home, and other health care facilities, but most cases the care is provided in the patient’s own home. With the support of hospice staff, the family and loved ones are able to focus more fully on enjoying the remaining valuable time with the patient. When hospice care is provided at home, a family member or a friend, or a spouse acts as the primary caregiver, supervised by the patient’s doctor and hospice medical staff. The hospice team makes regular visits to assess the patient and provide additional care and services, such as speech and physical therapy or to help with bathing and other ADLs or personal care needs. Hospice staff members remain on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, round the clock. A hospice team provides mental, physical, emotional & spiritual support according to the wishes and beliefs of the patient. They also offer emotional social support to the patient’s family, caregivers, and loved ones, including grief counseling & anticipatory grief care as well.