Hospice and palliative care both offer compassionate care to patients with life limiting illnesses. But palliative care – which is always a component of hospice care – can be used as a separate area of medical practice while the patient is receiving treatment.
Hospice care includes palliative care and addresses the patient’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as well.
Hospice care is reserved for terminally ill patients when treatment is no longer curative during the last 6 -12 months of life, assuming the disease takes its normal course.
Palliative care can be employed while the patient is continuing active treatment through different phases of their life limiting condition.
Hospice care and Palliative Care treat the whole patient and the family, offering psychosocial and spiritual counseling.