What does hospice care mean?

Hospice care includes palliative care and addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as well. Hospice can help with such daily activities as administering medications, bathing, and dressing, but hospice does not provide full time caregivers. Hospice requires that a willing, able and available caregiver be in the home, unless alternate arrangements are made. Source: https://www.hospicesect.org/hospice-and-palliative-care

What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?

Hospice and palliative care both offer compassionate care to patients with life limiting illnesses. But palliative care – which is always a component of hospice care – can be used as a separate area of medical practice while the patient is receiving treatment. Palliative care is also focused on relieving symptoms associated with the patient’s condition while receiving active treatment.

Source: https://www.hospicesect.org/hospice-and-palliative-care

When to use hospice care?

Hospice care is reserved for terminally ill patients when treatment is no longer curative during the last 6 months of life, assuming the disease takes its normal course. https://www.hospicesect.org/hospice-and-palliative-care

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National Resources of Interest:

https://www.hospicesect.org/hospice-and-palliative-care

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000536.htm

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