Anyone who’s ever cared for a sick or elderly loved one knows how exhausting it can be. Caring for their everyday needs as well as ensuring that they’re following treatment plans that their doctors have provided can be a grueling time in anyone’s life. Often enough, the primary caregiver finds that he or she needs help in caring for their loved one. At Summit Hospice, we’re often asked about the differences between palliative and hospice care. We’re going to outline a few key differences to help guide you to the best care option available.
What is Palliative Care?
Contrary to popular belief, palliative care isn’t just for aging loved ones, people of all ages and illnesses can benefit from this kind of care. In-home care specialists will design a care plan to fit the needs of your loved one. Palliative care helps patients manage their symptoms, increase their quality of life, and give them the emotional support they need to get through a difficult illness. Our professional home care services provide everything from chaplains to pain and symptom management depending on the needs of the patient.
What is Hospice Care?
Hospice care provides emotional and physical support for patients with terminal illnesses. At Summit Hospice, our care specialists design a plan to fit the needs of the patient and allow them the highest quality of life possible. Hospice care provides pain relief to the patient by gaining control of his or her symptoms and treating them with the right medications. A team of specialists and chaplains also take care of the patient’s emotional and spiritual health by guiding them through this difficult time. Since the patient’s family is a big part of their lives, we also provide spiritual and emotional support to them.
Choosing the Right Kind of Care
We understand that choosing an in-home care plan for your loved one can be stressful and upsetting. As a general rule of thumb, palliative care is generally for patients with conditions that haven’t been diagnosed as terminal yet. Hospice care is typically for patients with a terminal diagnosis. Both kinds of care are designed to increase quality of life and decrease painful symptoms. Talk with your loved one’s healthcare provider to determine which kind of care is the best choice for them.
Summit Hospice is Here for You
When the time comes that you or your loved one needs in home care services, we’ll be here for you. Our professional staff of care specialists will walk you through everything and answer all of your questions. Contact us today to learn more about our services!