Hospice is a program that provides special care for people who are near the end of life and for their families, either at home, in home-like hospice residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, veterans' facilities, hospitals, or prisons.

The focus of Hospice is not to cure the patient but to improve their quality of life. Hospice in the United States has grown from a volunteer-led movement to improve care for people dying alone, isolated, or in hospitals, to a significant part of the health care system.

Hospice is provided by an interdisciplinary team consisting of physicians, registered nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, hospice chaplains, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, complementary therapists, volunteers, and, most important, the family.

The team's focus is to optimize the patient's comfort. Additional members of the team are likely to include certified nursing assistants or home health care aides, volunteers from the community, and housekeepers.

 See Wikipedia, Palliative care.