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Palliative vs. Hospice- Making a Final Choice

One of the hardest decisions for any one taking care of an elderly individual is what the best placement for them is as they age.  While nursing homes and long term care facilities are great choices for those who need minimal care, many others must choose a place for their loved ones when things start to get worse.  One question we often see in this field is Palliative vs. Hospice when making the choice and which one should be used.   Let’s take a look more into both of these choices.

hospiceWhat is Hospice?

Hospice care is often the last stop for seniors before they pass away as the traditional hospice care facility is for those who have 6 months or less to live.  Terminally ill patients with life threatening illnesses in their final stages are often referred to a hospice care facility as this is one of the few places that can fully take care of the patient.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is more of a way of offering comfort and care for those who are not terminally ill per se, but who are suffering from some type of disease or disorder.  Patients in cancer treatment, congestive heart failure, AIDs, dementia and early stage of Alzheimer’s disease are just some of the most common patients who benefit from palliative care.  Medically speaking, one of the main reasons why patients use palliative care is to help with such issues as shortness of breath, chemotherapy treatments, pain issues and inability to walk.

Making the Choice Hospice vs. Palliative?

While hospice and palliative care are different per se, many times they often coincide with each other as many patients who do not do well move from palliative to hospice.   As a family member or person that is deciding on the fate of a loved one it is often best to visit both hospice and palliative care facilities that you are interested in before making a choice of what type of facility would best fit the needs of your family member.  Many “hospice” by name facilities will often operate more like a palliative care facility, while many palliative care facilities will be more hospice like.   Doing a tour of the facility and seeing it first hand is often the best option for those who are undecided on which option to choose.

What to Look for in a Palliative Care facility

If you are looking to enroll a family member into a palliative care facility we suggest one that gives the senior the best options for a better quality of life.  While their medical care is first and foremost, it is best to find a place that caters to things your loved one may enjoy such as quality of life, technology and quality of everyday life.

I hope this article covered things to look for if you or a loved one is looking to take the next step and enroll your family member into a hospice or palliative care facility.  We at SeniorTV are among the leaders of “everything senior”; this not only includes cable and technology but also providing information to seniors.  If you are interested in learning more about what we have to offer, give us a call today at 1-800-890-7770.