Hospice of Lake Cumberland provides comprehensive care solutions for families in various stages of life. While hospice care and palliative care are often confused, the services can be differentiated.
Hospice care typically provides assistance to individuals and families during the last 6 months of life or less. It aims to treat the person, not the illness or condition. Palliative care, on the other hand, can be non-terminal, as it’s designed to help people live longer and happier lives, while managing systems of a condition they may be facing.
Though each set of circumstances may be different, certain conditions such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, or during treatment of chemotherapy may all be considered conditions for which palliative care is in order. Palliative care services are typically performed in a patient’s home, nursing home, or a hospital, whichever location is preferred. The goal is to make the patient as comfortable as possible.
If you have additional questions about which type of care is ideal for your family member, please call 1-800-937-9596.
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