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A Visual Guide: Differentiating Palliative Care and Hospice Care


When it comes to a loved one, comfort and safety should be considered priorities. Thus, as diseases and old age become inevitable, it is but natural for us to seek an environment that can cater to the patient’s needs. We want to make sure that our sick or elderly family member is well taken care of and provided with professional attention. We also want them to be treated with respect and dignity as any human being should be.

Palliative-care and hospice-care facilities are designed to be this way. They are the go-to places for patients who have life-threatening diseases and want to have comfort while under treatment. Both places are equipped with facilities, doctors, and a medical team.

While both have a goal to ease the pain of the individuals affected by a disease, they differ in terms of approach and the kind of patients they cater to.

Palliative care is given to patients with chronic illness and life-limiting diseases, like dementia and Parkinson’s, to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. After all, chronic illnesses don’t only affect the body; they affect the mind as well.

Hospice care is introduced when a patient no longer responds to treatments. Doctors recommend it for those who only have less than six months to live. Spiritual advisers and social workers may be part of the team, alongside doctors and nurses.

But which one is best for you or your loved one? In this infographic, we put them side by side to provide you with a clear visual of the differences between palliative and hospice care. When you understand their respective treatment methods and eligibility of patients, you’ll get a better grasp of their importance.

Whichever is best at the moment, the most important factor is the support system from family and friends.