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Learn the differences between palliative care and hospice
Palliative care and hospice care both try to improve comfort and reduce stress for people with serious illnesses, but there are differences between these two services. Which type of care may be right for you? Your choice may depend on your goals for care.
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|For anyone struggling with a serious illness; appropriate at any point during the illness||For people who have a serious illness, are expected to live six months or less, and are no longer receiving treatment meant to cure their illness|
|Can be provided in addition to treatment that is intended to cure the illness||Not usually available to people who are receiving treatment meant to cure their illness|
|Goals: Identify what can be done to prevent or relieve pain and other health issues; improve comfort; reduce stress; find community services that offer other needed support||Goals: Help patient and family meet end-of-life goals; manage pain and other health issues to improve comfort; address emotional and spiritual concerns; educate patient and family about what to expect at the end of life|
|Consultation visit and follow-up visits, if needed, provided at patient’s home or in a long-term care facility||Ongoing visits, scheduled as needed, that are provided wherever the patient lives—in their own home, a long-term care facility or a residential hospice center|
|Visits conducted by an Agrace nurse practitioner or doctor||Care team often includes nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, spiritual & grief counselors, doctors/nurse practitioners, pharmacists, trained volunteers and others|
|Coverage usually available through Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance, but may vary according to the type of care provided. Financial assistance is available from Agrace for those who qualify.||Covered for most patients by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. Financial assistance is available from Agrace for those who qualify.|