Hospice, in the earliest days, was a concept rooted in the centuries-old idea of offering a place of shelter and rest, or “hospitality” to weary and sick travelers on a long journey. In 1967, Dame Cicely Saunders at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London first applied the term “hospice” to specialized care for dying patients. Today, Hospice care provides humane and compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
Caring Hands Hospice in Batesville began serving the community in 2006. In 2008, Caring Hands Hospice opened a satellite office in Cherokee Village. Caring Hands Hospice lives by the philosophy of the founder of “hospice”.
“You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.” -Dame Cicely Saunders