Hospice is special concept of care which provides comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to treatments. hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized knowledge of medical care, including pain management. Hospice is provide with a team oriented group, in which trained professionals and volunteers and family members are there. Hospice deals with the emotional, social, and spiritual impact of disease on the patient and the patients family and friends. Hospice is not a place but a concept of care. Eighty percent of hospice care is provided in patients home, family members home and in nursing homes. hospice provides palliative care, and that palliative care is both a method of administering comfort care and increasingly, an administered system of palliative care offered most prevalently by hospitals. As an adjunct or supplement to some of the more traditional care options, both hospice and palliative care protocols call for patients to receive a combined approach where medications, day-to-day care, equipment, bereavement counseling, and symptom treatment are administered through a single program. Where palliative care programs and hospice care programs differ greatly is in the care location, timing, payment, and eligibility for services. one must generally be considered to be terminal or within six months of death to be eligible for most hospice programs or to receive hospice benefits from your insurance. But palliative care can be received by patients at any time, at any stage of illness whether it be terminal or not. Most programs concentrate on comfort rather than aggressive disease abatement. Since there are no time limits on when you can receive palliative care, it acts to fill the gap for patients who want and need comfort at any stage of any disease, whether terminal or chronic.
Last date updated on June, 2014