Many people are confused when it comes to the differences between hospice and palliative care. There are some distinct differences that will help to explain the differences.
Palliative care at Guiding Hand Home Hospice begins from the moment of the diagnosis of a medical condition. Palliative care is designed to help focus comfort care and can include dealing with the emotional roller coaster of a diagnosis. It offers assistance to the entire family in dealing with a chronic illness.
In Palliative care, not only the comfort of the patient is considered, but also helping them to cope with such things as nausea during chemotherapy treatment and insomnia due to stress, medications and other factors that may keep patients from getting the rest that they require.
Palliative care may also include counseling to help the patient cope with their new diagnosis, religious believes and their core values, as well as occupational therapy and physical therapy.
All of this care is in addition to the care that the patient is receiving through their doctor to fight off their medical condition. It helps the patient to cope and work through the challenges and difficulties that happen when a serious illness occurs. It also works closely with the family to ensure that no one is burning out by being the sole care provider to the patient that has been diagnosed.
Hospice care, on the other hand, begins after treatment has ended. This is an end of life care that is begun when there is no longer any way that medical treatment will reverse the condition. Hospice care can be done in a facility or it can be done at home to keep the patient in the comfort of their own home.
Hospice care focuses on keeping the patient as comfortable as possible during their last days and helping their family during this time.
Tennessee Health Management is a non profit organization to oversee the care of hospice patients. THM makes sure that patients are protected at their most vulnerable time.