Hospice Vs. Palliative; Why You Should Know the Difference
Hospice care and palliative care are both very similar in the fact that they are both centered around providing supportive, end-of-life care. When your loved one is in this stage of life, finding a reliable source of care can be confusing and stressful. In this article we will help define the two types of care available for terminally ill or dying patients, which will help clear any confusion you may experience. You can receive hospice services even if your loved one is an inpatient or receiving other treatment, as these options are adjunct or supplement to some of the more “traditional” care options. Both hospice and palliative treatment have a combined approach where medications, day-to-day care, equipment, bereavement counseling, and symptom treatment are administered through a single program. Where palliative care programs and hospice care programs differ greatly is in the care location, timing, payment, and eligibility for services.
Hospice programs are more prominent than palliative care programs. Typically, once the patient has entered a hospice program the care is overseen by a team of professionals in the home environment. It typically lies on the family caregiver in addition to a visiting nurse. Although hospice care can provide all-the-time treatment, this is typically not the case. It usually begins within a 6 month time frame until expected day of passing, and is primarily during certain hours of the day. Hospice payment programs and financial aid programs are available for those who are on budget constraints, and Unity First Hospice aims to make payment as feasible and simple as possible.
Palliative care refers to a team of medical professionals such as nurses, doctors, and other caregivers. This typically occurs at the facility where the patient receives treatment. These are the individuals that will oversee the majority of the care a patient has. While palliative care can be administered in the home environment, it is typically on-site at the medical center, extended care facility, or nursing home. It can also be administered beyond a time frame of 6 months until death, which is typically when hospice care is enacted. It can furthermore be covered by insurance, which makes it an attractive option.
At Unity First Hospice we make sure that we tailor your needs exclusively to what you are looking for in end-of-life care. We embrace our duty to provide bespoke hospice care for anyone living with advanced terminal illness. We will support any individual according to their choice, and how and where they choose to spend their remaining days. We are a hospice facility and seek to uphold their safety, comfort, and dignity, in this phase of life.