As a Patient Care Supervisor for Hospice and Palliative Care, I often find that people are confused on how hospice and palliative care work together and what the makes them different. Below are links to two articles that do a good job of explaining hospice, palliative care, and addressing common myths of hospice.
The most important information to take away from these articles is this – talking about death and understanding hospice and palliative care gives you options in life; giving your family and friends the opportunity to choose the type of LIFE you want to live.
An excerpt from “Palliative care and medical interventions are not mutually exclusive”
What does palliative care do?
It tries to improve the dying person’s quality of life. It provides treatment for pain. It provides treatment for breathing difficulties, for physical discomfort. It does not exclude any treatment that would acutely help the patient, including antibiotics, medicines for appetite and anxiety, even chemotherapy.
It supports the person and the family through denial, anger, grief. It may continue to support them for up to a year after the patient has passed away. The goal of palliative care is to engage the person and the family in making the most of these last moments, days, weeks, months. Not to cure, but to restore.
Hospice is just one mode of palliative care. If a person wants to die at home, palliative care can provide hospice-at-home. Patients can qualify for hospice if their life expectancy is less than six months. They can qualify for palliative care, or be helped by a palliative team, much before that.
Jain, Neha. KevinMD.com “Palliative care and medical interventions are not mutually exclusive” URL: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2011/04/palliative-care-medical-interventions-mutually-exclusive.html
Click on the below links to read more:
Hospice Care and Palliative Care: what’s the difference?
Palliative care and medical interventions are not mutually exclusive
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