If someone has entered into a hospice, his health outlook is likely grim. Hospice care is a program designed to make the process of dying as comfortable as possible for patients and their families.

The word hospice comes from the Latin hospitum, meaning "guest house, hospitality." Hospice traditionally meant lodging for travelers, often run by a religious order like a church or monastery. While we most commonly see the word hospice used to describe the particular care provided to people who are dying, the term is not strictly limited to this. A hospice can also be a place that takes care of the sick, not necessarily only the terminally ill.

Definitions of hospice

n a lodging for travelers (especially one kept by a monastic order)

Type of:
housing, living accommodations, lodging
structures collectively in which people are housed

n a program of medical and emotional care for the terminally ill

Type of:
medical aid, medical care
professional treatment for illness or injury

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