December 05, 2017

Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

Palliative care and hospice care have a lot of similarities, but there are also important differences. One of the most important distinctions between the two is that palliative care can be offered at any stage of chronic disease, while hospice care is offered after treatment has stopped and it is clear the person will not survive their illness. Differences go further than that, however. Read on to learn more.

Palliative Care

Palliative care helps people with serious illnesses feel better mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Patients may begin receiving palliative care as early as the diagnosis. Palliative care may be administered by a team of professionals, including doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers, psychologists, massage therapists, or religious leaders. Hospitals, home care agencies, cancer centers, and long-term facilities all typically offer palliative care.

The goal of palliative care is to address all aspects a chronic or serious illness can have on a patient and their family. Those who need palliative care may suffer from physical ailments, emotional and social problems, spiritual issues, and practical problems — including legal and financial complications from an ongoing illness.

Hospice Care

Hospice care, on the other hand, begins when a patient and their family have decided to end treatment for terminal illnesses. Hospice care is compassionate care for those arriving at the end of life. Available in the home or at a medical facility, hospice care allows people to die with dignity in an environment that is familiar and comfortable for them. Hospice care helps people live their fullest life, even with a terminal illness and brings closure to family members as they face this trying time.

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From short-term illnesses to end-of-life care, Baptist Health offers compassionate care for loved ones and their families. Learn more about our services here.


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