How Does My Palliative Care Team Help?
Your palliative care team may include a social worker, nurse, pharmacist, dietitian, massage therapist, physical therapist, occupational therapist and chaplain. They focus on you, not your illness. Ask them for advice about how to realize your vision for quality of life—which may include spending time with loved ones, reducing pain or completing everyday tasks. Explain your personal and religious values, so our palliative care professionals serve you in ways that respect your beliefs. Let team members know if you don’t understand your disease or treatment. They’ll help facilitate communication between you and your primary care doctor.
How Do Palliative Care and Hospice Care Differ?
Palliative care is for people with any serious health condition. You may get palliative care even as you receive medical treatment that’s intended to cure your disease.
Hospice care is designed for patients who face a terminal illness and may have only a short time to live. Patients who receive hospice care are no longer seeking curative medical treatment.