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Understanding Hospice and Palliative Care
It’s About How You Live
Life should not be measured by the number of days, but quality of days.
Hospice and palliative (pronounced PAL-lee-uh-tiv) care are considered models of quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury. At Hospice Buffalo, we believe that everyone coping with serious illness deserves to direct their course of care and to fully live in comfort, with grace, dignity and peace.
Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice
Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort, but hospice can only begin when it is apparent that the person is not going to survive and treatment of the disease has stopped; palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment.
Although the criteria to be enrolled in hospice and palliative care differs, both services manage symptoms to help keep your loved one comfortable. Both share a holistic and integrative approach to the care by treating the whole person — physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. Both types of care focus on relieving symptoms, pain and stress, for the patient, their caregivers, and their family.
Hospice Care is for people with life-limiting illness who are no longer receiving curative treatments and have an expected prognosis of 6 months or less. Download Hospice Myths & Facts flyer.
Palliative Care is for people with chronic or progressive illness who may still be receiving curative treatments — it does not require a limited prognosis. Download What is Palliative Care flyer.
5 Common Goals of Both Hospice and Palliative Care
- Provide relief from pain and symptoms to improve the quality of life.
- Treats the whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – providing a holistic approach to care.
- Encourages patient and family participation in the plan of care.
- Helps patients live as actively as possible.
- Offers support to help the family and caregivers cope.
Difference between our Palliative Care and Hospice Care Services
|Criteria & Service||Palliative
Receiving curative treatment for
Terminally ill with Prognosis
|24/7 On-Call Nurse Support||X||X|
|Social Work Visits & Access
to Community Resources
|Home Health Aide||X|
|Expressive Therapies||X-Essential Care
for children only
|Spiritual Care||X (upon request)||X|
|Where We Provide Care|
|In Private Homes||X||X|
In Assisted Living &
|In Nursing Homes||X|
|Wilson Inpatient Unit**||X|
Respite Care (5 Days)
*Related to primary diagnosis
**For patients whose symptoms cannot be managed at home