Palliative Care vs. Hospice:
Both hospice and palliative care share a common goal; to support patient and family hopes for peace and dignity throughout the course of illness. Both services recognize that serious illness bears an emotional and psychosocial burden on patients and their caregivers, and as such, look to alleviate some of that burden through a holistic approach to care.
Unlike hospice care, palliative care can be initiated at any time during the course of an illness and can be combined with curative treatment. While hospice care is a comprehensive benefit that covers all the needs of the patient as it pertains to their terminal diagnosis including medication, durable medical equipment and staff visits, Palliative care functions as an additional layer of support for patients and their families and is often associated with a co-pay. Equipment and medication needed can be coordinated and ordered by the Palliative Care staff then billed through regular insurance channels.
For hospice care visit www.bridgewayhospice.org