Patient and Family Services

Hospice comfort care is a compassionate, dignified and cost-effective option for patients with a life-limiting illness. Most patients receive treatment in their own home where the advantages of superior pain and symptom management help them make memories with loved ones and enjoy life when it matters most. The team that visits the patient consists of a nurse, hospice aide, social worker, trained volunteer and chaplain. A physician is on call at all times and available as needed.

After assessments regarding physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and legal and practical concerns, the patient, family and physician work together to develop a custom plan of care.

Patient care can be provided in personal homes, nursing homes, assisted living communities, or, if necessary for symptom management, in our Margaret Cullen Marshall Hospice Care Center that is located in the Texas Medical Center.

Four types of care are provided. A patient can move from one type to another and back, depending on the services required to fulfill his or her needs. These four types are:

  • Home Care Visits
  • Continuous Nursing Care at Home (when necessary to control symptoms)
  • Inpatient Care (patient in care center when necessary to control symptoms)
  • Respite Care (to give caregivers a rest)

Houston Hospice offers the Butterfly Program, a comprehensive program of care services for children.      

Family members and caregivers receive services through our Bereavement Programs. Individual counseling and referrals are provided as long as a year after a death. Bereavement support groups are available as long as desired and are open to the community at no charge.
To learn more about hospice comfort care, see Frequently Asked Questions, or visit (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine).
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