• What is the difference between Pallitive Care and hospice?

    Asked by Deb76 on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    What is the difference between Pallitive Care and hospice?

    i hear both are used at end stages of life but what is the difference or are they the same?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Palliative care focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients, basically by treating their symptoms, rather than attempting to cure. Hospice care focuses on bringing comfort, self-respect, and tranquility to people in the final months of life. Those in hospice are treated with palliative care, but many in palliative care are not in hospice. Generally, to qualify for hospice care, the patient's doctor must write an order indicating that the patient is expected to live for 6 months or less. Palliative care can span many years for a patient with a chronic disease or a patient who is in treatment to cure a disease. For instance when an oncologist prescribes remedies to ease the side effects of chemo, such as nausea, diarrhea, etc., that is palliative care complementary to cancer treatment.

      over 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hi Deb, I work in palliative/ hospice care. If you go to the website compassion and choices and in the search box type in palliative care you can find an article that explains the difference. Palliative is treatment that extends quantity and quality but does not cure. Hospice is comfort care without treatment just making you comfortable until death. Hospice is 6 months or less. End of life care which is what I do isgenerally 2 weeks or less and is just preparing the patient/ family for the final step and then coaching them thru that final process. Hope you check out the site, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago

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