What’s the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care? posted on: 04-06-2016

hospice careWhat first comes to mind when you hear the phrase “palliative care”? For many, it’s synonymous with end of life care. The true purpose of palliative care, however, is to bring relief from symptoms such as pain, vomiting and nausea that result from either a disease or from the treatment for that disease. Sometimes this does occur at the end of life.

Dr. Eric Widera, who practices palliative care at the University of California, San Francisco, explains, “We hear this all the time: ‘They’re not ready for palliative care,’ as if it’s a stage people have to accept, as opposed to something that should be a routine part of care.”

And although palliative care, like hospice care, focuses on improving quality of life, it’s beneficial at any stage in a patient’s illness for symptom management and can be used in tandem with curative treatments.

Studies are showing a myriad of benefits for patients and their families who choose palliative care, including significantly higher scores on quality of life assessments, less prevalence of depression and emergency room visits, and even longer survival rates.

Contact North River Home Care to find out how we can further assist in Norwell, Sandwich, and the surrounding area with improving quality of life for seniors receiving either palliative or hospice care.