Hospice Cares For Terminally Ill During Final Days

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Pisco, a 13-year-old therapy llama, enters the room of a terminally... News PhotoBestof,Bestof2009,Bizarre,Colorado,Eccentric,Entering,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Lakewood - Colorado,Llama,Patient,Topics,Topix,USA,VisitPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2009 Getty ImagesLAKEWOOD, CO - SEPTEMBER 01: Pisco, a 13-year-old therapy llama, enters the room of a terminally ill patient during his visit to the Hospice of Saint John on September 1, 2009 in Lakewood, Colorado. The llama visits the hospice each month as part of an animal therapy program designed to increase happiness, decrease loniliness and calm terminally ill patients during the last stage of life. The non-profit hospice, which serves on average 200 people at a time, is the second oldest hospice in the United States. The hospice accepts patients regardless of their ability to pay, although most are covered by Medicare or Medicaid. End of life care has become a contentious issue in the current national debate on health care reform. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)