palliative care benefits
When faced with a serious illness, patients have several options. They can choose to seek full treatment with the intention of curing the illness. Or, if the illness has no cure or involves expensive and uncomfortable treatments, the patient can choose to leave it untreated and merely manage its symptoms, transitioning to the end of life in the most peaceful way possible. These choices demonstrate the main difference between palliative care and hospice care. At Westlake Village Hospice, we offer palliative care for those patients who are still seeking treatment for their conditions.
Anyone with a serious illness can receive palliative care. However, a patient only qualifies for hospice care if a medical professional believes they have less than six months to live. The choice to accept hospice care indicates that the patient has accepted their condition, and the purpose of treatment is to ease their passing. Also, Medicare provides for the entire cost of hospice care, while palliative care may or may not covered, depending on your specific plan.