While hospice patients must be diagnosed with a terminal illness with a time limited prognosis and generally forgo life-prolonging treatments, Palliative Care patients do not face such time limitations and can qualify for care if they have a chronic, acute, life-limiting or terminal illness.
Palliative Care focuses on maintaining and improving quality of life through pain/symptom management and, psycho-social/spiritual support and helping families set realistic goals for their future care.
Palliative Care is available at any stage of your illness, even as soon as you receive a diagnosis from your physician. You don’t have to wait until your disease has reached an advanced stage or when you’re in the final months of life. In fact, the earlier you start Palliative Care, the more benefit and support you’ll gain.