Palliative Care vs Hospice Care

Palliative Care

Objective
– Pain and symptom relief

Treatment
– Can be used with or without curative and life-prolonging treatment
– Given to those with terminal and non-terminal illness
– Can begin at any stage of an illness and to any age of patient

Eligibility
– Must be referred by your physician
– Multiple ER visits or hospital admissions in prior 6 months
– Homebound for more than 2 weeks or health decline over last 30 days

Care Location
– Provided at any place called home

Payment Options
– Private insurance
– Medicare Part B
– State Medicaid

Hospice Care

Objective
– Pain and symptom relief

Treatment
– Provides care for the terminally ill
– Most often introduced in last 6 months of life
– Focuses on symptom management and support for advanced illness

Eligibility
– Anyone can make a referral to hospice care
– Certified to be terminally ill by two physicians
– No longer pursuing curative treatment

Care Location
– Provided at any place called home

Payment Options
– Medicare hospice benefit
– State Medicaid
– Private insurance
– Private pay