PALLIATIVE CARE VS HOSPICE
Our Interdisciplinary team professionals help the individuals and their families cope with symptom management, pain control, psychoemotional, spiritual and many issues common to those with a chronic life threatening terminal illnesses.
What is the differences between hospice and palliative care?
Palliative care programs and Hospice care programs are greatly different in the care location, timing, payment, and eligibility for services.
Hospice Care and Palliative Care are very similar when it comes to the most important issue for people who are terminally ill, and receiving care to live their remaining days as peacefully as possible. Hospice provides “palliative care” — a method of administering “comfort” care.
As an adjunct or supplement to some of the more “traditional” care options, both hospice and palliative care protocols call for patients to receive a combined approach where medications, day-to-day care, equipment, spiritual counseling and sign and symptom management are administered through a single program. While hospice can provide round-the-clock care in a nursing home, a specially-equipped hospice facility or in a hospital.
Palliative Care location
Palliative care teams include Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Spiritual Care Consolers, and other professional medical caregivers. — Palliative care can be administered at home.
Timing for Hospice and Palliative Care
Patient must generally be considered a terminal or within six months of death to be eligible for most hospice programs or to receive hospice benefits from your insurance.
For Palliative Care there are no time restrictions. Palliative care can be received by patients at any time, at any stage of illness, whether it is considered terminal or not.
Payment for Hospice and Palliative Care
Hospice programs cover almost all expenses. Palliative Care is covered by your regular medical insurance. For more details check with your insurance company, doctor or hospital administration.
Treatment in Palliative care and Hospice
Hospice program concentrates on comfort rather than aggressive disease abatement. Most hospice patients can achieve a level of comfort that allows them to concentrate on the psychoemotional and practical issues.
Since there are no time limits on when you can receive palliative care, it acts to fill the gap for patients who want and need comfort at any stage of any disease, whether terminal or chronic. In a palliative care program, there is no expectation that life-prolonging therapies will be avoided.
It is important to note, however, that there will be exceptions to the general precepts outlined.