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
Recent Examples on the Web The hospice care group started arranging a photoshoot, with an employee donating a wedding dress to Frankie and the St. Croix music therapist agreeing to play some music for the event. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 14 Oct. 2021 So Spitz spent all day working the phones, hustling case managers, trying to get hospice care set up in the man’s home. Kate Wells, Detroit Free Press, 13 Oct. 2021 Black entered hospice care in his South Side Chicago home more than two weeks ago, his wife, Zenobia Johnson-Black, told USA TODAY. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2021 Chicago activist, historian and local treasure Timuel Black, 102, is receiving hospice care at his South Side home, according to an online fundraiser. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, 7 Oct. 2021 While hospice care is a great benefit, the care is intermittent and is not offered around the clock, Klein said. Megan Becka, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 About a quarter of dialysis patients receive hospice care, compared with about half of the general Medicare population. Kaiser Health News, oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2021 Johnson stayed under hospice care until March 2018. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 29 Sep. 2021 High-flow oxygen equipment — normally used in hospital or hospice care settings — is also being more frequently requested for at-home patients, said Norco President Elias Margonis. Rebecca Boone, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Sep. 2021

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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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“Hospice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hospice. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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 : inn especially : an inn kept by people in a religious organization


hos·​pice | \ ˈhäs-pəs How to pronounce hospice (audio) \

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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