Is it Right for Me?
There are often misconceptions that palliative care is the same as hospice care or leads to it. But palliative care is not necessarily a stepping stone to hospice care and can be received at ANY point during a patient’s illness with the ultimate goal being to improve quality of life while still receiving treatment. It can be said that all hospice care is palliative care but not all palliative care is hospice care.
Whether a patient is living with Parkinson’s, ALS, cardiac disease, Alzheimer’s, or fighting cancer, there are often both physical and psychological symptoms and side effects. Palliative care, along with curative treatments, aims to give an additional layer of support in managing the symptoms and stress of life-limiting diseases.