At Aria Hospice Comfort Care, one question we get asked very often is “what is the difference between palliative care and hospice? This is understandably confusing as there is a level of intersection between the two. There is, however, a few key distinctions between the two that should help you understand which sort of care is needed either for yourself, or for a loved one.First, let’s break down what Palliative Care is.
Palliative care is care that is provided to a patient that is struggling with a life-altering illness which drastically impacts their life. Palliative care can be offered at any point, with specific focus on helping a patient cope with life-altering illness. There are a variety of conditions for which a patient may seek out palliative care, but the most common are: dementia, cancer, COPD and Alzheimer’s.
For these patients, palliative care will look very similar to hospice in that the focus is non-curative management of the symptoms and the impact of those symptoms on daily life. Palliative care is typically provided in an in-patient setting. Cost of palliative care varies with co-pays, and may not cover medications and does not cover medical equipment and supplies.
Hospice is very similar to Palliative care in that the focus is non-curative symptom management, but the main distinction is the timing for when care is offered. Because hospice care is paid 100% by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances, it can only be offered if a doctor deems a patient has 6 months or less to live. This timeframe can of course be extended if a patient does well in hospice care and lives beyond that initial diagnosis.
Hospice, like palliative care, is focused non-curative solutions, but pain and symptom management. Hospice cares primarily for the patient, but also helps family and loved ones cope with a terminal diagnosis. The overarching goal of hospice is to allow a patient to live a comfortable, fulfilling and joy-filled life for as long as they possibly can.
At Aria Hospice Comfort Care, our goal is always to help you live the life you want to live, for as long as possible. We don’t want you to struggle with pain or discomfort, so we carefully manage your pain level, which gives you the freedom to spend quality time with your loved ones.
Whenever we talk about hospice, it’s very important to dispel the three most damaging myths associated with hospice.
Though it can be very difficult to accept a terminal diagnosis, it’s good to keep in mind that death is a natural process that we all will one day face. The focus should always be on living your life, surrounded by those you love, taking part in the activities that bring you joy for as long as you possibly can. Hospice care makes this possible by providing patients with a whole team of support that can work with you and your loved ones.
At Aria Hospice Comfort Care; our goals of care are your goals of care. We listen to you and want to ensure that your comfort and quality of life are optimal. We never prohibit anyone from seeking curative treatment but too often patients are not given the opportunity to be comfortable or focus on the quality of their life only on extending it. Our goal is to have you live as long as you are able while maintaining your comfort, dignity and supporting you to do what brings you joy! In Tucson, you have the choice to have a local, community hospice that truly gets to know you and your family/friends so that we can better support all your needs. When looking at Hospice vs. Palliative know that in Tucson you have the option for something better…….Comfort Care!! Contact Aria Hospice Comfort Care to find out what we can do for you and your loved ones. We are comfort not corporate!