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The Heart of Hospice Care: Patient Centered Care Examples

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When it comes to hospice care, every patient has a unique story. Everyone has different hopes, preferences, and individual needs. 

And the heart of providing comfort during this challenging time is patient-centered care — especially when managing pain and symptoms. Let’s talk about what this approach really means with practical patient centered care examples.

When we say “patient-centered hospice care,” we’re talking about putting the person before the sickness. 

It’s a commitment to listen to what matters most to the patient — whether it’s playing with grandkids, enjoying a favorite meal, or simply being pain-free. And for pain and symptom management, this means creating a plan that matches a patient’s unique wants and needs, eases discomfort, and prioritizes dignity and quality in the final chapters of life.

Patient-Centered Care Examples in Pain and Symptoms Management

So what does patient-centered care look like?

Bringing Families Into the Conversation

“Very professional, caring. The nurse is excellent as all the others that care for my wife. Makes a hard situation much easier.”

— John

Pain and symptom management decisions are very personal. People experience pain differently and have individual pain thresholds. Patients might prefer to avoid certain medications because of side effects or might prioritize being alert and engaged — even if it means tolerating a bit more discomfort. 

Because pain management is so individualized, who better to involve than the patient and their loved ones? 

Patient centered care means that families become essential partners in care. We make sure everyone is on the same page about the ways we can help make the patient comfortable.

And at Envision, we’re committed to explaining medical terms clearly to help families and patients communicate their desires.

Smiling extended family as patient-centered care examples.

Balancing Autonomy and Care

In patient-centered care, there should be a deep respect for a patient’s choices while making sure they’re as comfortable as possible. Some patient-centered care examples include:

  • Medication Choices: A patient might opt for lower doses or different medications due to drowsiness or other side effects.
  • Personal Care Preferences: A hospice patient might prefer discrete assistance from a professional instead of a relative to preserve their dignity.
  • Mobility and Independence: A patient might want to use a walker or maintain physical therapy despite discomfort. We will respect their desire to maintain some level of personal mobility and autonomy for as long as possible.

We respect and work hard to uphold these wishes, advocating for the patient’s independence while guiding them through the available options. It’s about having honest conversations, discussing the benefits and drawbacks, and creating a plan that meets patient and family needs.

Addressing the Concerns

“They explained each stage my dad was going through and assured us of the changes we were witnessing as a natural process…”


It’s common for patients and their families to have concerns and fears about pain control, side effects, or the end-of-life process. But tackling these fears head-on, explaining how things work, and offering reassurance helps build trust and peace of mind.

Tailoring a Strategy: Patient-Centered Care Examples

Patient-centered hospice (like we have at Envision) understands that there’s a whole world behind each person we care for — and that includes traditions, beliefs, and practices that deserve respect. As we develop a plan for managing pain and symptoms in hospice care, it’s important to weave these factors into the fabric of our care plan. 

Whether this means respecting dietary preferences, finding quiet moments for spiritual reflection that can ease the mind, or embracing family traditions that bring comfort, we make it a big part of our care. This is all part of celebrating each person’s life story as it draws to a close.

At Envision, we believe that patients and their families should feel heard, listened to, and understood. That’s why we keep the lines of communication open through regular meetings.

Managing pain and symptoms is deeply personal. It’s not just about medicine; it’s about understanding what makes someone feel at home, at peace, and truly themselves, even in tough times. 

We know how important it is to have real conversations with our patients and their families, and we really listen to what they say. In patient-centered pain and symptom management, it’s patient and family voices that guide us every step of the way.

Patient-Centered Care Examples: Adaptive Care Strategies 

“We were able to get what we needed through them. I never had to fight for anything as I did with other services…”


During their time in hospice, a patient’s pain and symptoms management needs may change. It’s important for hospice providers to stay flexible and ready to adjust plans, revisit care decisions, and make sure what we’re doing is still in line with each patient’s comfort, care, and personal wishes. 

Patient-centric care and pain/symptom management are all about identifying and adapting to a patient’s changing needs.

Success in Hospice: Patient-Centered Care Examples

“The nurses and caretakers and staff were wonderful and very organized in helping with my mom until the end.”


At Envision, we know that success isn’t about numbers or charts — it’s about the comfort and contentment of our patients. 

Are we honoring their wishes? 

Reducing their pain? 

Are we prioritizing their dignity? 

Do their families feel supported? 

When we can say yes to these questions, we know we’ve done our job right.

An elderly grandmother in a wheelchair and other patient-centered care examples.

The Patient Centered Care Promise

Patient-centered care is about making sure a patient’s final days are filled with dignity and respect. It’s about more than medical decisions — it’s about honoring life, easing the burden of caretaking, and providing space for laughter and tears. And at Envision, this approach isn’t just a philosophy; it’s a promise to walk alongside patients and their families every step of the way.

If you or your loved one are facing the complexities of end-of-life care, you don’t have to walk this road alone. Envision’s team is ready to stand beside you with compassionate, patient-centered care. Contact us today to start the conversation.

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