Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

While both palliative care and hospice care seek to relieve an individual’s pain and symptoms of chronic disease, there are significant differences.

Palliative care:

  • can be provided earlier in the disease process than hospice and does not require a six-month prognosis
  • can be utilized alongside curative care and therapies
  • includes consultations with the palliative care registered nurse, nurse practitioner or palliative medicine physician

Hospice care:

  • is provided when an individual has a life expectancy of six months or less
  • is intensive comfort care, rather than curative care; individuals choose to focus on quality of life and forgo curative treatments
  • provides the medications for the terminal diagnosis and related conditions, equipment and supplies 
  • includes 24/7 access via phone to a team of health care professionals, including the hospice physician, nurse practitioner and registered nurse to address an individuals’ medical needs; certified nursing assistant to provide the patient with personal cares like bathing, dressing and grooming; social workers and chaplains to offer emotional and spiritual support; and bereavement specialist who support family members and loved ones for 13 months after a death

If you’re unsure if palliative care or hospice care is right for you, contact us. We’ll visit with you at a time that’s convenient for you and answer any questions you have about palliative care and hospice care, and about how we can help.