Villa Marie Claire

When is hospice appropriate?


Any individual in the advanced stage of a progressive, life-shortening illness can benefit from hospice. Among the most common diagnoses are advanced congestive heart failure, pulmonary disease and cancer, neurological diseases such as ALS, dementia, and stroke as well as end-stage renal and liver diseases.

Many people believe hospice is only for patients in the final days or weeks of life and wait until then to seek care at Villa Marie Claire for their loved ones. But hospice is appropriate when an individual can no longer benefit from curative treatment and life expectancy is six months or less, if the disease follows the expected progression. Studies show that earlier referral to hospice improves the patient's quality of life.

Each of the 20 resident rooms is warm and welcoming. Villa Marie Claire combines the ambiance of a home-like bedroom with peace of mind from knowing a specialized care team is just steps away.

"People who are terminally ill can still participate in a many areas of life. They can make decisions and enjoy family life. When they are suffering from complications of treatment, they may lose that opportunity. We want to provide our patients with every potentially effective treatment, but we don't want to encourage them to receive treatment that we know is medically futile. In a nurturing environment where palliative care is explained and accepted, patients live better and often longer, and families are able to come to terms with what's happening."

- Charles Vialotti, MD
Medical Director of Villa Marie Claire