The Difference between Hospice and Palliative Care
Many a times hospice and palliative care are used interchangeably by people, but both are completely different from each other. Keep reading to know how both differ and how to decide whether palliative care or hospice care is better for you or your loved ones.
The major differences revolve around the following factors:
- Eligibility: Anyone with a serious, long-term illness is eligible for palliative care whereas in hospice care only people with a terminal illness whose doctor determines they have less than 6 months to live. Palliative care can start as soon as you receive a diagnosis whereas hospice care can be started only when an illness is terminal or life-limiting.
- Location of the Patient: Palliative care is more often available at a facility such as a hospital or clinic or even within the comfort of the patient’s home. However, hospice care is more likely to be available in your own home.
- Continuing treatment: You can continue getting treatment for the ailment if you are under palliative care. Whereas you need to stop curative treatments if you opt for hospice care.
- The Crux: If you have a diagnosis of a life-altering, long-term illness, you can access palliative care. Hospice care is only available for people with terminal illnesses, or less than 6 months to live.
Deciding between palliative and hospice care isn’t easy. The sooner you discuss your options, the better. If you are looking for palliative care or hospice care for yourself or any loved ones call us and book an appointment with us today and get the best possible care.
We make sure that our caregivers provide care in accordance with your needs and wishes. We provide care services for cancer patients, patients suffering from renal failure and patients with lung diseases.