Palliative care is meant to bring comfort, but it is not the same as hospice care.
Hospice care is specifically for people whose main goal is comfort, not a cure, and who are likely in their last six months of life. You usually cannot have hospice care while you are also having treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation with the goal of being cured. The services included in hospice care are very well defined by Medicare and are similar from one hospice to another across America.
Palliative care is appropriate at any stage of a serious illness, regardless of your prognosis. You can have it while you continue to get treatment in the hope of being cured. In fact, palliative care can be very helpful to people who are struggling with the physical and emotional stress and the side effects of their treatment.
Palliative care services vary in the types of support they offer, and where the care is provided. Agrace’s Palliative Care Consultations include an initial in-home assessment visit, with one or more follow-up visits, if needed, to help you implement any changes you decide to make.