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Thursday, 12 February 2015

Palliative Care Vs Hospice

Palliative care and Hospice, both focus on making life easier for the person diagnosed with some chronic or terminal illness. Looking platonically, there is not much difference between the two. But there few major difference that are important and be taken care of.  

Palliative Care
  • A patient can receive palliative care for cancer or any another serious illness. 
  • Palliative care is dedicated to improving the quality of life by dealing with the symptoms from an illness( curative care).
  • Palliative team generally comprises of professionals- Doctors, Nurses, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Dietitian, Social workers.
  • Palliative care is usually given in Hospital, Specialized treatment centers, Nursing Clinics, or Hospice Institutions.
  • Palliative care can be received at any stage of the illness and by anyone. with serious illness regardless of the life expectancy
  • Hospice focusses on making life comfortable for the few months besides easing the pain and dealing with emotional issues.
  • Hospice teams comprises of the immediate family members of the patient and visiting Doctors, Nurses, Volunteers, Social workers.  
  • Hospice is in majority administered at home. The family member of the patient play a vital role. Though there are many specialized hospice centers or homes when a patient can get round-the-clock care.
  • Hospice care is for patients where death is imminent i.e they have less then 6-months to live
  • A patient can receive palliative care at hospice centers.
I love you, Papa!