Pallative Care FAQs

What is pallative care?

Palliative care (PAL-lee-uh-tiv) is medical care for people with serious illnesses utilizing a team approach. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms, pain, and stressors of a serious illness, regardless of the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the individual and his/her family.

Both hospice and palliative care focus on managing symptoms so one can experience an improved quality of life. It also allows the individual to have greater control over his/her care through communication with professionals so that one can understand the choices available regarding treatment.

Are palliative care and hospice the same thing?

Hospice is for individuals thought to be in the last six months to year of their life. To receive hospice care, one foregoes curative measures for the terminal illness. Whereas one whose life expectancy is extended may seek palliative care for years, as it is appropriate at any time or for any age group in the management of progressive illness, and can be provided together with curative treatments.