Hospice is a special skill of care directed to providing relief, comfort and support to the patients and the family when facing a shorten life expectance that is no longer being dealt with a curative treatment. Hospice does not extend or accelerate death, it allows the patient to live their final days with ease and integrity.
Hospice vs. Palliative Care
Hospice is comfort care without curative intent; the patient no longer has curative options or has chosen not to pursue treatment because the side effects outweigh the benefits. Prognosis is six months or less and the patient intends to allow natural death in the comfort of their residence (home, long term care home, etc).
Palliative care is comfort care with or without curative intent. The prognosis can be for any amount of life expectancy. It is associated with severe illness such as chronic, progressive pulmonary disorders; renal disease; chronic heart failure; HIV/AIDS, progressive neurological conditions, cancer, etc.
Many say that Palliative care is a bridge to hospice. We at Revolutionary Hospice see Palliative care as a road with a fork at the end. At the fork, some may take the path of hospice and others may head down the path of recovery.