About Hospice and Palliative Care

What is Hospice?

Hospice is a specialized program that offers help, comfort and support for people with serious illnesses and their families. Hospice is about helping patients live full and meaningful lives by aiding them and their families with medical, emotional and spiritual care. Read more »

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is the combination of active and compassionate treatments intended to comfort and support individuals and families who are living with a serious illness. The goal is to manage symptoms, talk about the goals of care, provide education to the caregiver, and coordinate physical, psychosocial and spiritual support services. Read more »

What is the Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

  • Hospice care is provided to patients who have a serious illness and have a prognosis of  six months or less.
  • Palliative care consultations are provided to anyone who is experiencing difficulty with pain and symptoms, most often related to a serious illness.
  • Palliative care consultations are provided by registered nurse practitioners and physicians.
  • Hospice care is provided by a team - nurses, hospice aides, social workers, physicians, chaplains, grief counselors and volunteers.
  • Palliative care consultations may be provided to patients who are undergoing active curative treatment for their illness.