Palliative Care Associates
Both palliative care and hospice focus on helping to reduce physical or emotional suffering. Palliative care may be given at any time during a person’s illness, from diagnosis on. Hospice care is only for patients who have a short life expectancy (typically up to six months or less).
Palliative care tends to be flexible, while most hospices have a set of defined services and rules and regulations. Some hospices provide palliative care as a separate program or service. Here are the differences between the two types of care:
|Question||Palliative Care||Hospice Care|
|Who can receive this care?||Anyone with a serious illness, regardless of life expectancy.||Anyone with an illness with a life expectancy measured in months not years.|
|Can my loved one continue to receive treatments to cure my illness?||Yes. Palliative care and curative care can be provided at the same time.||Hospice treatments and medicines provided relieve symptoms and are not curative.|
|Does Medicare pay?||Some treatments and medications may be covered.||Medicare pays all charges related to hospice.|
|Does Medicaid pay?||Some treatments and medications may be covered.||In 47 states, Medicaid pays all charges related to hospice.|
|Does private insurance pay?||Some treatments and medications may be covered.||Most insurance plans have a hospice benefit.|
|Is this a package deal?||No. Services are flexible and based on the patient’s needs.||Yes. Hospice services are bundled together.|
|How long can I receive care?||This depends on your loved one’s care needs, and health care coverage.||As long as your loved one continues the illness and short life expectancy.|
|What organization provides these services?||
|Where are services provided?||
||In most cases, wherever the patient resides: at home or in an assisted living facility, nursing facility, or hospital. Some hospices have facilities where people can live, like a hospice residence, or receive care for short-term reasons, such as acute pain or symptom management.|
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