Hospice Cares For Terminally Ill During Final Days


Massage therapist Nikki Hernandez embraces terminally ill patient... News PhotoColorado,Embracing,Full Length,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Illness,Lakewood - Colorado,Massage Therapist,Patient,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2009 Getty ImagesLAKEWOOD, CO - SEPTEMBER 08: Massage therapist Nikki Hernandez (2R) embraces terminally ill patient Florence Apodaca (R), 90, at the Hospice of Saint John on September 8, 2009 in Lakewood, Colorado. The non-profit hospice, the second oldest in the United States, accepts the terminally ill regardless of their ability to pay, although most residents are covered by Medicare. End of life care has become a contentious issue in the current national health care debate. The hospice focuses on maintaining quality of life, pain management and spiritual health as the terminally ill approach death. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)