A caregiver holding the hand of  senior woman Palliative and hospice care both deals with patients who have life-changing illnesses or conditions. Depending on your needs, both hospice and palliative care services are available in Indiana. All you need is to decide which one.

Making the Most of Time

Hospice care is provided to patients who are terminally ill. It’s usually administered to those who have six months or less to live. Patients at this stage, depending on their insurance policies, become eligible for hospice care programs and can receive insurance benefits. Medicare typically covers the cost of the treatment while some programs also provide for those who are economically disadvantaged.

Hospice care focuses solely on patient comfort and care, especially in easing the symptoms and pains. Instead of focusing on aggressive life-prolonging treatment, hospice care allows the patient to make the most of what time they have left. Hospice care can be delivered at home or at home-like institutions such as nursing homes and assisted living residences.

Dedicated Care and Treatment

Unlike hospice care, palliative care can be initiated at any time or whether the patient is ill: be it terminally or for focused medical support. The purpose of palliative care is to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the treatment of their illness. This type of care ranges from providing painkillers when they have a broken bone or as complex as providing spiritual counseling to a dying patient. Like hospice care, palliative care aims to relieve the patient of pain and increase their quality of life.

The difference between the two is that in hospice care, medical treatment aimed at cure or prolonging life is suspended. With palliative care, the service they provide is administered alongside treatment. Palliative care will usually be covered by insurance policies and the corresponding charges and billing may differ for inpatient and outpatient requirements.

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Some hospice programs include life extension as part of their package and some palliative care programs focus solely on the quality of life. To know what they are offering, it’s best to speak directly with a representative from your selected service provider. This way, you can fully discuss your options and know you or your patient will receive the best possible care.