services for individuals with terminal sickness, now generally rendered by hospices, that might be either freestanding units or joined with a nursing home, hospital, or extended care institution. The stress is on palliative care, supportive psychological services, pain management, and engagement in family and social functions, with the objective of enabling people to live out their lives with dignity and peace, without discomfort.

TERMINAL CARE: "Working in the terminal care unit of the hospital was definitely the hardest time in my entire career."