What is Hospice & Palliative Care

What Is Hospice?

Hospice is designed to bring personalized, sensitive, compassionate health care and support to individuals and their families facing the advanced stages of a life-limiting illness. Hospice recognizes that a patient who is dealing with the end of life seeks and deserves comfort in every aspect of his/​her life. Hospice embraces the reality that, when a cure is not possible, the end of life can still be filled with love and comfort.

What Is Palliative Care

Palliative Care focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Unlike hospice care, palliative medicine is appropriate for patients in any stage of disease, including those undergoing treatment for curable illnesses and those living with chronic diseases, as well as patients who are nearing the end of life.

Palliative medicine utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, relying on input from physicians, pharmacists, nurses, chaplains, social workers, psychologists, and other allied health professionals in formulating a plan of care to relieve suffering in all areas of a patient’s life.

This multidisciplinary approach allows the palliative care team to address physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that arise with advanced illness.