Making the decision to put a loved one into hospice care can be difficult. What’s the difference between hospice and palliative care? Which is right for my loved one? In this blog post, we will discuss the key differences between hospice and palliative care so that you can make an informed decision for your loved one.
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, such as cancer. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care can be provided in many different settings, including at home, in the hospital, and even in nursing homes.
Palliative care teams are made up of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who work together to provide comprehensive care for individuals with serious illnesses. The team can help manage pain and other symptoms of the disease, as well as provide emotional support for both the patient and family.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care is another type of specialized medical care, but it is focused on end-of-life care. The goal of hospice care is to provide comfort and support for those who are in the last stages of a terminal illness. Hospice patients typically receive services such as pain management, emotional support, and spiritual counseling. Hospice care is provided in the patient’s home or a hospice facility, as opposed to a hospital or other healthcare setting.
The Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care
The main difference between palliative care and hospice care is the focus of each type of care. Palliative care is focused on providing relief from symptoms and improving the quality of life for individuals with serious illnesses, whereas hospice care is focused on providing comfort and support for those in the last stages of a terminal illness.
In addition, palliative care can be provided at any stage of an illness, while hospice care is typically provided when a patient has been given a terminal prognosis. Palliative care can be provided in many different settings, while hospice care is typically provided in the patient’s home or a hospice facility.
Mission Healthcare Can Help
Making the right decision for your loved one can be difficult. Knowing the differences between palliative care and hospice care can help you make an informed decision. If you have any questions, please reach out to the experts at Mission Healthcare. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals can help you make the best decision for your loved one.
Mission Healthcare is here to provide personalized care and support for individuals with serious illnesses and their families. Our team of experienced professionals offers compassionate, individualized care to ensure the best possible quality of life during each stage of illness. We look forward to working with you to provide the care and support your loved one needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services.