Home health information what are palliative care and hospice care end of life what are palliative care and hospice care read more about where end of life care is given palliative care some people misinterpret their doctors suggestion to consider hospice they think it means death is very near but thats not always the case. The affordable care act and end of life care a voice for the dying receive palliative care or hospice or if offered it is too late in the course of the disease to make aggressive care at the end of life13 the less aggressive care included reduced chemotherapy and. The ultimate goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family regardless of diagnosis although palliative care unlike hospice care does not depend on prognosis as the end of life approaches the role of palliative care intensifies and focuses on aggressive symptom management and psychosocial support. Nhpco offers definitions of hospice and palliative care along with information about what is hospice care hospice focuses on caring not curing and in most cases care is provided in the patients home offers stories in video and text that demonstrate all that hospice can do to help patients and family caregivers at the end of life . 1 myth palliative care hastens death fact palliative care does not hasten death it provides comfort and the best quality of life from diagnosis of an advanced illness until end of life see also palliative care dispel the myth of hastening death 2 myth palliative care is only for people dying of cancer
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