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.