Isn’t Palliative Care the same as Hospice?
No. ALL Hospice Care is palliative in nature but NOT ALL Palliative Care is Hospice. Palliative Care simply addresses the relief of pain (physical, psychological, social, spiritual or practical struggles) without expectation for cure of its cause. Hospice Care is a type of Palliative Care specifically for those with a life expectancy of 6 months or less.
How Do I Know Who Would Benefit from Palliative Care?
If you been recently diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness and need assistance in understanding matters regarding goals of care options ie: living wills or advanced directives; long term care or hospice, a goals of care discussion may be of assistance.
If you are of advanced age with changing physical and emotional needs requiring home health aides or simply help with routine activities of life, a goals of care discussion may be of assistance.
If you are the caregiver of someone who is described above you may benefit from discussing their condition and their options for further care.
Links to information and videos that will explain more about palliative care.
- https://youtu.be/bCcnjRBpWaU – TEDx Talk from October 2019
- https://vimeo.com› Greenwich Retired Men’s Assoc. › Videos (in link search for Dr Coletti)
- The Schwartz Center
- Get Palliative Care
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
- Center to Advance Palliative Care