Palliative & Hospice Care


Palliative Care

"Palliative care means patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and to facilitate patient autonomy, access to information, and choice. (73 FR 32204, June 5, 2008)."

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Hospice Care

Hospice is a program of care and support for people who are terminally ill. Here are some important facts about hospice:

  • Hospice helps people who are terminally ill live comfortably.
  • Hospice isn't only for people with cancer.
  • The focus is on comfort, not on curing an illness.
  • A specially trained team of professionals and caregivers provide care for the "whole person", including his or her physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
  • Services may include physical care, counseling, drugs, equipment, and supplies for the terminal illness and related condition(s).
  • Care is generally provided in the home.
  • Family caregivers can get support.

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Letting Go What should medicine do when it can't save your life? by Atul Gawande. The New Yorker Annals Of Medicine. August 2, 2010

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Last Reviewed: 10/24/2017