How is palliative care different from hospice?

  • Posted on: Feb 28 2021

At Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center, our team provides a wide spectrum of service for patients in the area of Arizona. With four convenient office locations, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for individuals.

Patients who struggle with serious illnesses and chronic conditions may be unaware that our team provides palliative care. Palliative care is often confused with hospice care, though the two are different. The providers at our practices educate patients on the difference between palliative care and hospice care so they can better understand their own needs.

What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care?

There are some similarities between the two types of care that can add to the confusion. Both palliative care and hospice care focus on providing symptom relief for chronic conditions to help improve an individual’s overall quality of life. However, this is often where the similarities end. Hospice care is more focused on providing care to a patient who has a reduced life expectancy and for those who are no longer undergoing curative treatment. Hospice is dedicated to those who are looking to improve the quality of their last days when dealing with a condition that will ultimately lead to their passing. Palliative care, on the other hand, is more for patients who are involved in curative care and are looking to improve their quality of life overall. Many patients with conditions such as COPD, dementia, heart failure, and cancer can benefit from palliative care, improving not only their health but their social, emotional, and psychological health as well during times of stress from treatments or services.

Discuss your need for palliative care

If you are living with a serious diagnosis and are in need of help not only medically but emotionally, you may be a great candidate for palliative care. Our team at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center work routinely with patients who are interested in improving their quality of life and emotional state during the rollercoaster of treatments and tests that often accompany more serious illnesses. Call our main line at (928) 537-4375 to request an appointment at any one of our four convenient locations throughout Arizona.

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