Palliative care is similar to hospice care in that both provide comfort and support for patients with a serious or life-limiting disease. However, with palliative care patients may continue aggressive treatment or therapies.
Palliative care can begin at any point of the disease process, hospice care begins when curative treatment is no longer the goal and the sole focus is quality of life.
The implementation of palliative care can help both patients and family members in the transition from curative treatment to hospice care by:
- preparing them for physical changes that may occur near the end of life
- helping them cope with the different thoughts and emotional issues that arise
- providing support for family members and caregivers
Our caring team is available to provide a free consultation. CHP nurses work with the patient’s primary care doctor and patients may be seen at home, in assisted living, or a nursing care facility.
What does palliative care provide?
- Education for patients and families regarding goals for their care
- Assistance with completing Advanced Directives
- Pain and symptom management
- Support with new medications and treatments
- Emotional and psychosocial support
- Education about disease trajectory and what to expect
- Assistance with coordination of care among multiple providers
- Evaluation for appropriateness of hospice and assistance with transition to Hospice Care
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