hos·​pice | \ˈhä-spəs \

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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But here are the big changes: Removes some qualifying conditions, including autoimmune disorders, but adds others, such as receiving hospice care. German Lopez, Vox, "The midterm elections will give some voters a chance to legalize marijuana," 6 Nov. 2018 Medicare, meanwhile, pays some medical costs for people age 65 and older and covers short nursing-home stays or hospice care, but not independent- or assisted-living costs. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "How to Manage Paying for Retirement Housing," 10 Oct. 2018 The center, which provides specialized hospice care for children and their families, was opened by William's mother in 1988. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Prince William Visits a Children's Hospice That Was Opened By His Mother, Princess Diana," 18 Sep. 2018 Legendary artist Aretha Franklin passed away Thursday morning after several days in hospice care, a representative confirmed to the AP. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "‘Respect’ Was Originally Written by a Man—But Aretha Franklin Made It Legendary," 16 Aug. 2018 Memorial donations may be made to a synagogue or hospice center of your choice. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/17," 17 June 2018 Having worked as a social worker in such settings as emergency rooms and hospice centers, the 46-year old from Essex Junction, Vt. Tamara E. Holmes, USA TODAY, "Difficult Conversations: Strategies for end-of-life planning," 4 June 2018 Sonia Gechtoff, a prominent Abstract Expressionist on the West Coast early in her career and later a mainstay of the New York art scene, died on Feb. 1 at a hospice center in the Bronx. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Sonia Gechtoff, Acclaimed Abstract Expressionist, Dies at 91," 9 Feb. 2018 Image Henry Butler, a pianist who carried the flamboyant, two-fisted traditions of New Orleans to the brink of the avant-garde, died on Monday in a hospice facility in the Bronx. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Henry Butler, Quintessential New Orleans Pianist, Is Dead at 69," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of hospice

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hospice

French, from Old French hospise, from Latin hospitium, from hospit-, hospes host — more at host

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English Language Learners Definition of hospice

: a place that provides care for people who are dying

: a place where travelers can stay; especially : an inn kept by people in a religious organization


hos·​pice | \ˈhäs-pəs \

Medical Definition of hospice 

: a facility or program designed to provide a caring environment for meeting the physical and emotional needs of the terminally ill

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