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Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Palliative care focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of individuals. Palliative care treatment does not preclude aggressive treatment and addresses the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patient and his or her loved ones. The goal of palliative care is comfort, which all patients may benefit from.

A word about Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

Palliative care is closely associated with hospice care, but it is not always for people who are terminally ill. Both palliative and hospice care share goals of providing comfort and pain relief and focusing on quality of life, but the differences are:

Palliative Care

  • focus is on pain and symptom management
  • patient does not have to be terminal
  • individual may still be seeking aggressive treatment

Hospice

  • focus is on pain and symptoms management
  • patient has a terminal diagnosis with life expectancy of less than six months
  • individual is not seeking curative treatment
  • Link to Bob Hooper Hospice House - www.uchospice.org

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