Hospice Care vs. Palliative Care

hospice care and palliative care

Hospice Care vs. Palliative Care

White Orchid Hospice was founded with loved ones in mind. Founder Stephen Carter dealt first-hand with the frustrations, hopelessness, and stress of watching loved ones’ suffer during their final months. He watched as families made great sacrifices to care for their fathers, sisters, brothers, and mothers who were struggling with horrible diseases and conditions. 

A common denominator in a lot of cases Stephen has witnessed throughout his life is because patients and families either were unaware or did not have access to hospice care. This type of assistance makes a world of difference to all parties involved and can save or extend patients’ lives. 

White Orchid Hospice helps patients have a smooth transition into the final chapters of their lives. We believe each and every patient has a story to tell, and it is our goal to make sure their stories are told. We provide two different types of care for those with serious or terminal illnesses: hospice care and palliative care. 

Interdisciplinary teams provide hospice and palliative care services. They address physical, spiritual,and emotional pain such as the well-being of family, feeling like a burden, and the patient’s loss of independence and quality of life.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care is centered on providing comfort and care to patients in their own homes. This is not a way to “cure” diseases or conditions. Hospice care is also frequently provided in nursing homes, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. It is compassionate comfort care for those facing terminal illnesses with a prognosis of six or less months, based on their physician’s estimate.

To be eligible for hospice, it is required that two physicians certify that the patient has less than 6 months to live if the disease follows a typical course. Hospice costs are covered 100% by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. This includes pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, social services, grief support, chaplain visits, and other services deemed necessary and appropriate by the hospice agency.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that is focused on anticipation, prevention, and treatment of serious or life-limiting illnesses. This type of care can be accessed during any stage of the diagnosis, at the same time as curative treatments, or at the end of life. 

Unlike hospice care, palliative care is performed at the discretion of the physician and patient at any time, terminal or not. It can be offered to people with illnesses such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Dementia
  • HIV/AIDS

Palliative care is often not fully covered by insurance, so the patient and their family do incur some out-of-pocket costs. This type of care is typically performed in a hospital setting, not in the comfort of your own home. 

Learning More

If you believe a loved one qualifies for or could benefit from, hospice or palliative care, White Orchid Hospice is here for you. Our award-winning team of professionals provides top-notch care to those entering the final chapters of their lives or who live with a life-limiting illness. 

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