Hospice and palliative care nurses provide care to patients who are incurably ill. These nurses focus on symptom control and quality of life care to help their patients spend their remaining days as comfortably as possible. Since 2008, nearly one million people have availed themselves to hospice services—over one-third of those diagnosed to be dying of incurable illness. Hospice care is a part of palliative care nursing. Medicare regulations define hospice care to be care administered during the last six months of life. There are currently over 4,700 hospice programs in the United States administering the hospice concept of care, 80 percent of which occur within a patient’s home setting.