The home page of the Hospice Foundation of America describes Hospice as a ". . . special concept of care designed to provide comfort, pain relief and support to residents and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments. This type of care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but rather has the goal to improve the quality of a resident's last days (or months) by offering comfort and dignity." Source: http://www.hospicefoundation.org
RCFEs caring for residents receiving hospice services must meet specific qualifications as stipulated in Title 22, §87633. Providing Hospice Care.