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Senior Hospice Care in Portland

Validating Life to the Very End

Hospice is not a place but a concept of care. Letting go of a loved one is never easy. The hospice concept helps ease the transition, though nothing can make the transition painless.

The word "hospice" stems from the Latin word "hospitium" meaning guest house. It was originally used to describe a place of shelter for weary and sick travelers returning from religious pilgrimages.

During the 1960's, Dr. Cicely Saunders, a British physician, began the modern hospice movement by establishing St. Christopher's Hospice near London. St. Christopher's organized a team approach to professional care giving, and was the first program to use modern pain management techniques to compassionately care for the dying.

The first hospice in the United States was established in New Haven, Connecticut in 1974. Today there are more than 3,100 hospice programs in the United States.

Eighty percent of Portland's hospice care is provided in your or your love one's home, a close family member's home or in a nursing home. In-patient hospice facilities are sometimes available to assist with caregiving.

Adult Placement Network has strong relationships with nursing homes, assisted living communities, residential care facilities and adult care homes that provide hospice care throughout Portland and Southwest Washington. There are also a number of senior palliative care options for in-home hospice care if you still reside in your own home or live with a family member.