Hospice care is a treatment framework designed for people who are in the advanced stages of an illness or at the End of Life.
- Hospice patients are provided with palliative (supportive) care to enable them to live with dignity.
- Hospice teams emphasize improving quality of life and providing relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, nutritional difficulties, etc.
- Moreover, the inter-disciplinary staff also works to relieve the mental distress suffered by patients and their families.
- Hospice patients wishing to remain in their homes are able to receive treatment through Supportive Home Care (Palliative Care)
Hospice facilities in Israel:
- Tel Hashomer: Oncological Hospice, Sheba Medical Center (for cancer patients only)
- Jerusalem: Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus
- Map of supportive care services (palliative care, hospice) in Israel - From the Tmicha - The Israeli Association of Palliative Care website
Target Audience and Prerequisites
It is recommended to move to a hospice when:
- All possible treatments to cure the disease have been exhausted.
- A medical and family decision has been made to solely pursue a conservative treatment plan focused on relieving symptoms.
- A patient's medical condition makes it difficult to continuing functioning and living at home.
How to Claim It?
- Hospice facilities may be contacted directly, through community medical professionals, or by the hospital (if the patient is hospitalized).
- Admission to a hospice facility is conditional on an evaluation performed by a multidisciplinary team at the facility, which is based on various considerations and availability.
- Transfer to a hospice facility is performed at no cost, subject to submission of the required Form 17 (a letter of financial obligation from the health plan).
Laws and Regulations
- Health Ministry Director- General Circular No.30/09 from 12.07.2009 Activating Palliative (hospice) care in the community, general hospital and nursing homes.
- National Health Insurance Law
- The Terminally Ill Patient Law
- Palliative Care on the Ministry of Health website.
- Original translation performed by The Shira Pransky Project.