Palliative Care and Hospice Care: What's the Difference?
|Who can receive this care?
||Palliative care is available to anyone with a serious illness, regardless of how long they are expected to live.
||Hospice care is for anyone with a terminal illness who is expected to live six months or less.|
|Can I receive standard cancer treatments along with this care?
||Yes, palliative care is provided at the same time as curative treatments.
||Treatments during hospice care are aimed primarily at relieving or controlling pain and symptoms.|
|Where is this care provided?
||Palliative care is provided in hospitals, outpatient clinics, doctors’ offices, patients’ homes and long-term care facilities.
||Hospice care is often provided in patients’ homes, but is also offered in long-term care facilities, hospitals and private hospice facilities.|
|Who provides this care?
||The members of a palliative care team can include doctors, nurses, social workers and pharmacists.
||Hospice care teams include doctors, nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides, clergy, therapists and trained volunteers.|
|Does insurance pay for this care?
||Many health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover all or part of palliative care.
||Medicare, Medicaid in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs and most private insurance plans pay for hospice care.|
|How do I find this care?
||Ask your doctor for a referral to a palliative care specialist. You can also search a directory of palliative care providers at getpalliativecare.org.
||Your doctor or hospital discharge planner can help you find hospice care. A directory of hospice providers is available at nhpco.org.|
Sources: American Cancer Society; Center to Advance Palliative Care; National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization