All hospice care is palliative care, but all palliative care is not necessarily hospice care. Both palliative and hospice care provide comfort. Palliative care is a specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and family. Palliative Care can begin at the time of diagnosis and continue along with aggressive treatments.
Hospice emphasizes quality over length of life. It enables patients to better manage their symptoms while alert and pain-free, and they can spend their final days in dignity, at home, in a long-term care facility, or in the hospital. Both patients and their families are included in the decision-making process, and both are given emotional support. Bereavement counseling is also available to family members after the death of a loved one.
Palliative care is a specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, with a focus on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. Palliative care’s goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. It can begin at the time of the diagnosis and continue with aggressive treatments.
In addition to hospice care, Compassionate Care Western North Carolina provides grief counseling to family members and the community free of charge.
Many people feel alone or abandoned when their loved one dies. For them we offer a 13-month program that includes calls, visits, groups, cards and other mailings to family members of hospice patients, or anyone in the community suffering from loss.