Is palliative care the same as hospice care?
Palliative care is appropriate for anyone, at any point of a serious illness. It can be provided at the same time as treatment that is meant to prolong your life. Hospice care provides palliative care for those approaching the last stages of life.
Services available to long-term care facilities by Halcyon Hospice under the Medicare Hospice Benefit include:
- Certified nursing assistants to provide additional personal care or companionship sometimes necessary to care for terminally ill residents.
- Specially trained palliative care nurses to provide pain and symptom management, care planning and resident assessments.
- Physicians trained in palliative care are available to work with the attending physician and facility staff to help with medical evaluations and meeting the medical needs of terminally ill residents.
- All medications, both prescription and over the counter, that are required to treat a resident’s terminal illness.
- Any supplies and equipment necessary to treat a resident’s terminal illness that is not already provided as part of the facility’s room and board reimbursement.
- Chaplains are available to answer questions, counsel, and provide emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families and loved ones.
- Social workers to listen, counsel and provide support concerning legal, social, and financial issues, such as insurance, living wills and food assistance.
- Volunteers specially trained to provide companionship and support to patients and family members.