Palliative Care

Hospice or Palliative Care?

How to Know What to Choose

  About Palliative Care

About Palliative Care

About Palliative Care

  • Focuses on relief from physical suffering. The patient may be being treated for a disease or may be living with a chronic disease, and may or may not be terminally ill. 

  • Addresses the patient's physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being, is appropriate for patients in all disease stages, and accompanies the patient from diagnosis to cure. 

  • Uses life-prolonging medications. 

  • Uses a multi-disciplinary approach using highly trained professionals. Is usually offered where the patient first sought treatment. 


  About Hospice Care

About Hospice Care

About Hospice Care

  • Available to terminally ill Medicaid participants. Each state decides the length of life expectancy a patient must have to receive hospice care under Medicaid. In some states it is up to 6 months; in other states it is up to 12 months. 

  • Makes the patient comfortable and prepares the patient and the patient's family for the patient's end of life when it is determined treatment for the illness will no longer be pursued. 

  • Does not use life-prolonging medication

  • Relies on a family caregiver and a visiting hospice nurse. Is offered at a place the patient prefers such as in their home, a nursing home, or a hospital.