When is it time for palliative or hospice care?

When is it time for palliative or hospice care?

Sooner is often better

Too often people wait until the last few days or weeks of life to involve hospice in their end of life care. By contacting Center for Hospice Care early in the diagnosis, when treatment options have been exhausted, the patient and family have time to understand their options and choose the path that will have the most positive impact. The goal and purpose of Center for Hospice Care is to maximize the quality of life for both the patient and the family. By initiating contact with us early in the planning process we can begin helping sooner, allowing the family to stay focused on what matters to them.

Hospice vs Palliative Care

For anyone facing the decision to pursue hospice care, it’s important to know the difference between hospice and palliative care.

  • Palliative care is designed for those who wish to continue aggressive treatments while at the same time controlling symptoms to achieve a comfortable quality of life while living with an illness that limits life expectancy.
  • Hospice care is for those with advanced, end-stage illnesses, who are seeking to control pain and their environment, whether at home or at a Skilled Nursing or Assisted Living facility.

Once the difference between palliative and hospice care is known, it’s possible to understand when the time is right for either one. Here are some guidelines for reference.

When it’s time for palliative care

  • You need palliative care to help cope with the treatment of an illness OR

When it’s time for hospice care

  • The attending physician and the Center for Hospice Care Medical Director certify that an illness is terminal and the prognosis is 6 months to live or less if the disease runs its normal course
  • You want your loved one to be home – or in a homelike nursing facility – to receive care
  • You’re beyond the limits of what you can handle as a caregiver
  • You want to assert control in the transition from medical care to end of life care
  • You need to find a response to the cycle of rehospitalization or ER visits
  • You often require consultations regarding medication and pain management
  • You’re seeing a diminished quality of life due to the effects of treatment

How to access our services

  • Contact us. Phone inquiries or email are best.
  • Arrange a consultation. Anyone may inquire about how we can help.
  • Medicare and Medicaid and private insurance are all honored by Center for Hospice Care.


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