Hospice care is typically provided for patients whose life expectancy is fewer than six months and involves palliative care to manage pain. It can be provided at a hospital or a nursing home or at home. Remember that end-of-life care does not necessarily require a change in location for your loved one. The patient may remain in a nursing home or a current medical facility for the remainder of his or her life. Alternatively, some patients choose to pass away in the comfort of their home surrounded by family.