the hospice movement
Historically a hospice was a place where travellers could rest and relax before continuing on their journey. Today the international hospice movement provides palliative and comfort care to individuals living with a terminal or life limiting illness, and support to their loved ones. The focus is on caring rather than curing.
Many people think that a hospice is a temporary care facility for those nearing end-of-life. Though many hospice societies do operate hospice beds or hospice homes, all kinds of end-of-life care and support fall under the umbrella of the term 'hospice'. In fact, the majority of hospice societies do not operate hospice homes or hospice beds at all, spending their time instead offering end-of-life support through volunteer programs, advocacy and education initiatives.