What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care involves comprehensive medical care for the patient and their family living with a serious illness – at any stage and regardless of prognosis. Palliative Care improves the quality of life by focusing on prevention and relief of suffering through the detailed treatment of pain and other problems - physical, emotional and spiritual. Palliative Care can be provided at the same time as treatment that is meant to cure.
Examples of serious illness include:
How is Palliative Care different from Hospice Care?
While Palliative Care and Hospice Care have similar philosophies and provide similar services, Hospice Care is actually a subset of Palliative Care and they have one very distinct difference.
Palliative Care is given throughout the course of an illness along with curative or life prolonging care, regardless of prognosis or life expectancy.
Hospice Care, on the other hand, is appropriate when life expectancy is thought to be less than six months, and the focus of care is on symptom control rather than active treatment of the underlying disease.
Palliative Care is not a substitute for Hospice Care. If you are not sure which type of service is appropriate, please give us a call - we can help.