Why Comprehensive Hospice and Palliative Care Is Important

When it comes to serious and terminal illness, it’s critical to ensure you or your loved one is receiving compassionate care that provides comfort, support, and guidance in an immediate manner. That’s what palliative and hospice care seeks to do, and at Mountain Medical Arts, our team takes great pride in providing our patients in and around Burnsville, North Carolina, with the best care.  

The goal of palliative and hospice care is to help you feel better and to address your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs at this tough point in life. That’s why receiving comprehensive care from qualified practitioners is so important.

What’s the difference between palliative and hospice care?

Palliative care and hospice care are very similar, and palliative care is actually a component of hospice care, but there is a difference between the two. Both forms of care are implemented to provide you with comfort at a difficult stage in life. Palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and in congruence with treatment of a serious illness. It’s used when your illness is considered serious but not life-threatening.

Hospice care begins once treatment is stopped, and when it is clear that you or your loved one won’t survive the illness. It incorporates many aspects of palliative care, such as providing comfort and easing pain. 

Another important part of hospice care is helping your family members prepare for and cope with loss of life. Typically, hospice care is offered only when life expectancy has reached 6 months or less.

Where care is received

Flexibility is a big part of both palliative and hospice care. Palliative care is commonly provided at home or during a hospital admission. Hospice care is typically provided in your home setting, whether that be a house, apartment, nursing home, or assisted living facility. 

Planning for palliative and hospice care

Planning for this type of care can be emotionally difficult, but it’s important to have a plan in place when you or a loved one is suffering from a serious or terminal illness. It’s necessary to think about your concerns in this stage of life, and how your situation should be handled. We can work with you to help communicate your needs clearly and create a comprehensive plan to ensure you or your loved one is getting the care they deserve.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a serious or terminal illness, and you think palliative and hospice care is right for your situation, call us or request an appointment using the online tool.

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