Palliative Care is a type of care focused on providing comfort and promoting quality of life. It is aimed to alleviate symptoms as well as providing the support needed to meet spiritual and emotional needs. All Hospice is considered Palliative Care. There are some programs where Palliative Care can be authorized before a patient meets Hospice Service criteria.

Our palliative care program provides pain and symptom management for people with advanced and terminal illnesses. Our care program also provides services and support for patients families and loved ones.

Palliative care is provided to the patient by the Alliance hospice team. Physicians and nurses provide care consultations to the patients. The Alliance team is composed of highly skilled specialists who work closely with the patient caregivers and primary physician to provide options to enhance their quality of life.

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Goals of Palliative Care Include:

  • Manage symptoms and enhance quality of life
  • Provide spiritual and emotional support
  • Alleviate suffering and treat ongoing pain
  • Provide options in advance for care planning

What’s the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice?

There are several differences between Palliative Care and Hospice Care; however, there is a beneficial relationship between the two.

By definition, Palliative Care focuses on relieving symptoms that are related to chronic illnesses, such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Heart Disease, Kidney Failure, Respiratory (Lung) Disease, Kidney Failure, Stroke, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological diseases. Palliative Care can be employed at any stage of an illness; not just in the advanced stages.

Hospice Care is also focused on symptom management, providing comfort and promoting quality of life, so it is palliative by nature. A key difference is the fact that with Hospice Care, the illness has progressed to a point where curative treatment is no longer desired or beneficial. Hospice Care supports the patient and their families while focusing on relieving symptoms, such as managing pain and providing comfort from fatigue, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, insomnia, diarrhea, constipation, shortness or breath.

Differences in Treatment

Treatments options are not limited with Palliative Care and can range from conservative to aggressive or curative.

Hospice Care treatments are limited and place an emphasis on pain management, symptom control, providing comfort and promoting quality of life. The goal is no longer to cure, but to promote comfort. Alliance Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death, but relieves pain and physical discomfort so that the patient can experience a more peaceful and satisfying state near the end of life.

Treatment Timeline

Palliative Care can be considered at any time during the course of a chronic illness.

With Hospice Care, a physician must certify that a patient’s life expectancy is six months or less. Medicare requires that a physician certify that a patient’s condition is terminal.

Treatment Location

Both Palliative Care and Hospice Care can be provided at any location; primary residence, the home of a friend or dedicated care facility.

Improving Quality of Life with Palliative Care

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a serious or life-limiting illness, you may benefit from Palliative Care – Contact Alliance Hospice today to speak to a Hospice Care Specialist to see if Palliative Care is right for you or your loved one.

Alliance Hospice operates hospice care and palliative care programs in Augusta, Georgia, North Augusta, South Carolina and other Georgia and South Carolina Communities. We are one of the nation’s premier providers of end-of-life care.