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What is the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice?

Hospice starts when a person has a life expectancy of six months or less and requires patients to stop disease-directed treatments such as chemotherapy, dialysis, and surgeries.

Palliative care can start at any point in a serious illness and does not require stopping disease-directed treatments.

Starting palliative care early has been shown to decrease the frequency of crisis care (emergency room visits and hospitalizations) and to improve quality of life, whatever the diagnosis.

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What is Palliative Care?

Care focused on people with serious illness

Palliative Care is a medical specialty for people with serious illness that focuses on relief of pain, other symptoms, and the stress of a serious illness, whatever your age, diagnosis, or stage of a serious illness.

Received concurrently with ongoing disease-directed treatments

Palliative Care can be received concurrently with ongoing disease-directed treatments by a palliative care practitioner working alongside your other doctors.

Earlier use minimizes crisis care

Earlier use of palliative care not only ensures better quality of care but also minimizes the need for crisis care.

Goal is improve quality of life

Palliative care is wholistic, where the goal is to improve quality of life for both you and your loved ones by including social, psychological, and spiritual aspect of health in addition to the traditional medical approach.

Discussions about the benefits and burdens of treatment options

At diagnosis, patients need discussions about the benefits and burdens of treatment options, what to expect in the future, as well as preliminary advance care planning.

Pain and symptom management

During treatment patients will also need pain and symptom management while they pursue disease-directed therapies. Palliative care helps people to maximize function, independence and quality of life.

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always

Aspects of Wholistic Palliative Care


Palliative Care doctors are fluent in the communication and listening skills to help you and your family determine what matters most and making that the foundation of an effective care plan.

Documents such as Advance Directives, State-Authorized Portable Orders, and preferences for Life-Sustaining Treatments are important for communicating your preferred outcomes across health care settings, from home to hospital.


Family Caregiver Support

Your loved ones are extensions of your clinical care team, often accepting caregiver roles without any training, helping with wound care, medications, transportation, in addition to keeping up with routine daily activities like meal preparation and housekeeping.

Palliative care is able to identify resources for caregiver support. {Caregiver burden/risk assessment}

Practical and Social Support

Serious illness can cause changes in your endurance and mobility that may affect your the day- to-day activities such as walking, bathing, driving, or shopping.

Palliative Care can help identify community support services for medication management, transportation, home-delivered meals, respite care, and home health needs.


Pain and Symptom Management

Hospice starts when a person has a life expectancy of six months or less and requires patients to stop disease-directed treatments such as chemotherapy, dialysis, and surgeries.Symptoms such as disabling pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea, and constipation can cause immobility, loss of independence, family distress, and frequent need for crisis care.

Palliative Care doctors are experts in the medical management of symptoms and have additional training in managing and preventing side effects.

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We like to think that we will always be healthy and able to make decisions for ourselves, but one minute you are a normal person with normal problems and the next you are a person with a serious illness.

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