Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness.

This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

  • Provided by a Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse, and other specialists.

  • We work with your existing health team to provide an extra layer of support.

  • Palliative Care is based on needs, not prognosis.

  • Can be provided at any stage of illness, alongside curative treatment.

Palliative care specialists improve quality of life for the patients whose needs are most complex.

Skilled communication about what to expect in the future in order to ensure that care is matched to the goals and priorities of the patient and the family.

Expert management of complex physical and emotional symptoms, including complex pain, depression, anxiety, fatigue, shortness of breath, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping.

Coordination and communication of care plans among all providers and across all settings.

HOSPICE CARE

TYPICALLY COVERED 100% BY MEDICARE AND PRIVATE INSURANCE.

Visits by Nurse, Aide, and Social Worker at least every 14 days.

Care appropriate for those diagnosed with six months or less only.

Care provided in home, facility, or hospice unit.

Focus on pain control and symptom management.

Medications, Medical Supplies, and Medical Equipment included.

Must forgo curative treatment.

PALLIATIVE CARE

COVERED BY SELF PAY, TRADITIONAL MEDICAL INSURANCE, SUBJECT TO DEDUCTIBLE & COPAY.

Visits by Nurse or Social Worker typically once every 30-60 days.

Care appropriate for any terminal diagnosis, regardless of prognosis.

Care provided in home, facility, or hospital.

Focus on pain control and symptom management.

Must pay out of pocket for medications, supplies, & equipment.

Provided alongside curative treatment

What is the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?

Palliative care is personal care that relieves symptoms of a disease or disorder, whether or not it can be cured. Hospice is a specific type of palliative care for people with six months or less to live. Hospice care is always palliative, but not all palliative care is hospice care.

Similar to hospice, the goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other providers to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It can be provided at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided alongside curative treatment.

If you’re interested in learning more about Pacific Coast Hospice’s Palliative Care Program, or have additional questions, please give us a call.