How palliative care can help you think about hospice care
Your palliative care provider may talk to you about hospice care. But
just because he or she is talking to you about hospice does not mean that you
are dying right away. In many cases, doctors do not really know how long you
Palliative care providers believe in living well and dying well. The
more you know about your options, the better the rest of your life can be.
Getting on hospice early may mean that you get more out of it. Many people and
families who receive hospice care wish they had started on hospice sooner.
Some people in a palliative care program will get better and move on with their life. When people have a terminal condition – when death is expected – palliative care helps to improve the quality of life for patients, caretakers, and loved ones.
When members of your palliative care team recognize the signs that a person is within months or weeks of dying, they may recommend transitioning to hospice. Hospice provides the same comfort care that palliative care does but also offers more services for...
Hospice provides palliative care. It focuses on improving your
quality of life-not just in your body, but in your mind and spirit. It provides
care and support for you and your loved ones when nothing can be done to cure
your illness. Most of the time, hospice care is given in your home. But it can
also be given in hospice centers, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, or
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Shelly R. Garone, MD - Palliative Medicine
March 4, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 04, 2010
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