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We found 4 hospice and palliative medicine specialists near Spring, TX.

Dr. Bharat B Latthe, MD
Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatrics
1125 Cypress Station Drive; Suite B 4
Houston, TX
 

Dr. Bharat Latthe works as a hospice and palliative medicine specialist, family medicine physician, and geriatrician. His areas of expertise include the following: throat problems, hospice (end-of-life care), and gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Latthe is affiliated with Tomball Regional Medical Center, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, and Houston Northwest Medical Center. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Amerigroup Star. Before completing his residency at Interfaith Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Stony Brook University Medical Center, Dr. Latthe attended medical school at Grant Medical College. Dr. Latthe (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Khmer, and Hindi.

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Clinical interests: Ear Problems, Gastrointestinal Problems, Nose Problems, Headache, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Physiatry, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
7406 Wilmore Court
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Howard Hood, who practices in Spring, TX, is a medical specialist in physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation), hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness), and emergency medicine. He studied medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Emergency Medicine
2910 Laurel Cherry Way
The Woodlands, TX
 

Dr. David Carlyle's specialties are hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and emergency medicine. Dr. Carlyle attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine.

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Specializes in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Other, Geriatrics
20203 Cypresswood Glen
Spring, TX
 

Dr. Kathryn Buskirk, who practices in Spring, TX and Huntsville, TX, is a medical specialist in hospice and palliative medicine (end-of-life care and serious illness) and geriatrics (elderly care). She studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, School of Medicine.

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What is Hospice and Palliative Medicine?

Palliative care refers to any medical care that focuses on treating a patient’s symptoms, such as pain, rather than directly addressing the underlying disease. Hospice care is a specific kind of palliative care that aims to make patients more comfortable at the end of their lives. Although hospice care and palliative care are two distinct medical specialties with their own definitions, they are very closely related to each other. Palliative care can technically be used at any stage of life; however when most people use the term palliative care, they are referring to hospice care -- making a terminally ill patient more comfortable when there is nothing more that medicine can do to treat their illness.

Hospice medicine is professional medical care for patients in the last 6 months or less of their lives. The aim of hospice is to provide quality of life rather than quantity and to make the patient and family as comfortable and supported as possible as they prepare for the natural process of death.

Hospice care is provided wherever the patient lives, whether that is at the patient’s home, in a nursing home, in a hospital, or in some cases a center run by the hospice. Care is provided by a team of professionals, which usually includes:
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Therapists or counselors
  • Chaplains, pastors, priests, imams, or other clergy
  • Volunteers, who help with day-to-day tasks

Hospice care provides medical care, treatments and medications, services such as physical therapy, equipment such as wheelchairs, community and religious connections, and emotional support.

Death can be a difficult event, and hospice aims to help tend to the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients at this time. After death, hospice often continues to support the family through the logistics of the funeral and any religious services as well as their grief process.