Glossary

Here are some terms that you may come across when considering hospice care.

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Life Limiting Disease

An illness where the expectation of life is six months or less as determined by a physician.

Advance Directive

Written instructions for your care, when you are no longer able to make decisions.

Power of Attorney

A legal document that designates a person to make decisions for you on your behalf.

Medical Power of Attorney

A legal document that designates a person to make medical decisions for you on your behalf.

Plan of Care

A team of medical and social professionals come together to determine the care of a patient in the last six months of life

Life Sustaining Treatments

Medication or medical treatment with the aim to cure or stop the natural progression of a terminal illness.