Hospice focuses on much more than just the patient’s physical pain. The hospice nurse does a full physical assessment during each visit and reports back to the physician. With that information, the physician can make recommendations for pain and symptom control, which the nurse can then implement. Medications will be delivered right to the patient’s door. In addition, hospice provides emotional and spiritual support for the family and the patient. Bereavement services are initiated once the patient passes away.