hos·​pice | \ ˈhä-spəs How to pronounce hospice (audio) \

Definition of hospice

1 : a lodging for travelers, young persons, or the underprivileged especially when maintained by a religious order
2 : a program designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care also : a facility that provides such a program

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Examples of hospice in a Sentence

She chose to go to a hospice instead of a hospital. the monks run a hospice for travelers in their mountain retreat

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The 55-year-old was sent home on hospice care in November. Aneri Pattani, https://www.inquirer.com, "Organ transplant recipients balance guilt and gratitude: 'These were supposed to be her breaths’," 5 June 2019 With the national hospice and palliative care movements only beginning, our discussions with this man and his wife focused mostly on which chemotherapies might be able to prolong his life. WSJ, "The Top Five Health Posts of 2018 from The Experts," 31 Dec. 2018 Following an emotional public hearing, the council ultimately rejected a neighborhood association's appeal of the hospice. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "'It's the right thing to do.' City approves homeless hospice, despite objections | The Sacramento Bee," 16 May 2018 After living for three-and-a-half years with metastatic ovarian cancer, and withstanding the brutalities of various medical treatments, Mom had entered into home hospice care. Rachel Vorona Cote, SELF, "Why I Embraced Skin Care After My Mother's Death," 18 Apr. 2019 The arrangements were then donated to Repeat Roses, which delivers them to hospices, homeless shelters, and treatment centers. Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Baby Shower Gift Bags Reportedly Contained Some Serious Swag," 28 Feb. 2019 The audit determined the average age of those who died was 88, with several in hospice care. John O'connor, The Seattle Times, "Audit: Slow Legionnaires’ response at Illinois veterans home," 25 Mar. 2019 For example, the study found that the use of hospice services by dying patients increased from 21.6% in 2000 to over 50% in 2015. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Fewer Americans are spending their final days in the hospital and more are dying at home," 27 June 2018 After Redberg deactivated the defibrillator, which can be reprogrammed remotely, Stanich was discharged, with home hospice service. Liz Szabo, chicagotribune.com, "Never too late to operate? Surgery near end of life is common, costly," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hospice

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hospice

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French hospise, borrowed from Medieval Latin hospitium "hospitality, lodgings, monastic guesthouse, shelter maintained by a religious order for the poor and infirm," going back to Latin,"accommodation of guests, hired lodgings," from hospit-, hospes "guest, host" + -ium, denominal suffix of function or occupation — more at host entry 3

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English Language Learners Definition of hospice

: a place that provides care for people who are dying
somewhat old-fashioned : a place where travelers can stay especially : an inn kept by people in a religious organization


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Medical Definition of hospice

: a facility or program designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care

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