Palliative Care addresses pain and symptom management, and is often given alongside a curative treatment plan. Hospice Services are limited to those patients with a life limiting illness, nearing end of life, when curative treatment is no longer sought. The focus of hospice is symptom relief and comfort.
Palliative Care can be provided at any stage of a serious illness, whether that illness is curable, chronic or life threatening. Anyone with a serious or chronic condition can benefit from palliative care.
Palliative Care is an interdisciplinary approach that includes pain management, symptom management, and emotional support as a patient copes with serious illness.
Both Palliative Care and Hospice Services focus on the patient as a whole person, addressing body, mind and spirit.
Both Palliative Care and Hospice Services can be provided in the hospital, in outpatient settings, in skilled nursing homes and in home.
Palliative Care and Hospice Services provide comfort and dignity for the person enduring serious illness.