Hospice Cares For Terminally Ill During Final Days


Terminally ill hospice resident Magdalene Ginsburg reaches out to... News PhotoBestof,Civilian,Colorado,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Illness,Lakewood - Colorado,Llama,Reaching,Topics,Topix,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2009 Getty ImagesLAKEWOOD, CO - SEPTEMBER 01: Terminally ill hospice resident Magdalene Ginsburg (R) reaches out to Pisco, a 13-year-old therapy llama, at the Hospice of Saint John on Sept.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)