Villa Marie Claire

The Hospice Patient


Many people have the misconception that hospice hastens death. In reality, hospice patients often live longer due to increased physical comfort and absence of debilitating treatments. Studies have shown that earlier referral to hospice actually improves patients' quality of life.

Hospice is not only for patients in the final days or weeks of life, but is appropriate and available for individuals with a life expectancy of six months or less and when the patient can no longer benefit from curative treatment. In exemplary residential hospices, such as Villa Marie Claire, patients spend the final chapter of life's journey with dignity and comfort in a soothing environment.

Villa Marie Claire staff members and volunteers provide a compassionate presence accompanied by symptom–relieving medical attention. They deliver care with a culturally sensitive approach and respect for all religious traditions. The team encourages and welcomes participation by all members of the residents' support system, including family, significant others, caregivers, neighbors and even cherished pets.