It is hard to live with a serious illness. You may feel that your treatment
is doing more harm than good, or you may have pain or other disturbing
symptoms. Palliative care can help you and your loved ones cope with all
of these things.
The kind of care you get depends on what you need. Your goals guide your
care. Palliative care can help reduce pain or treatment side effects.
Palliative care may help you and your loved ones better understand your
illness, talk more openly about your feelings, or decide what treatment
you want or do not want. It can also help with communication among your
doctors, nurses, and loved ones.
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Why Palliative Care?
Palliative care providers are interested in what is bothering you and what
is important to you. They want to know how you and your loved ones are
doing day-to-day. They understand that your illness affects not just you,
but also those you love.
Your palliative care providers will ask questions about how your illness
affects your emotions and spirit. Then they will try to make sure that
your medical care meets your goals for your body, mind, and spirit. They
will also help you make future plans around your health and medical care.
You might see a palliative care provider just once or maybe more often.
He or she will work with your other doctors to give you the best care possible.
What to Expect
Palliative care actively involves you and your loved ones. Together you
will work with health care providers in your doctor's office or your
home, or in a hospital, nursing home, or hospice. If you are interested
in palliative care, talk with your doctor. He or she may be able to manage
your palliative care needs or may refer you to someone who is trained
in palliative care.
You may talk about anything and everything during a palliative care visit,
Hospice vs. Palliative Care
What kinds of care are involved?
Palliative Care: This treatment helps you feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually
while doctors also treat your illness. Your care may include pain relief,
counseling, or nutrition advice.
Hospice Care: Again, the goal of this type of care is to help you feel better. And it
can help you get the most out of the time you have left. But you no longer
get treatment to try to cure your illness.
When does care happen?
Palliative Care: This care can happen at any time during a serious illness. You don't
have to be near death to get this care.
Hospice Care: In most cases, you can choose hospice care when your doctor believes that
you have no more than about 6 months to live.
Where does the care happen?
Palliative Care: This care often happens in hospitals or long-term care facilities like
nursing homes. It can take place wherever you are treated, even in your home.
Hospice Care: Most hospice care is done in the place the patient calls "home."
This is often the person's home. But it could also be a place like
a nursing home or retirement center. Hospice care may also be given in
hospice centers, hospitals, and other places.
Who provides the care?
Palliative Care: There are doctors and nurses who specialize in this field. But your own
doctor may also give some of this care. And there are many other experts
who may help you. These include social workers, counselors, therapists,
and nutrition experts.
Hospice Care: In hospitals, hospice centers, and other facilities, care is given by doctors,
nurses, and others who are trained in hospice care. In the home, a family
member is often the main caregiver. But the family member gets help from
care experts. They are on call 24 hours a day.