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Learn About the Differences Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care

MotherDaughteriStock-658459368Many people have heard of hospice care but they mistakenly think that it’s just a way to help cancer patients be more comfortable at the end of their lives. Fewer people have heard of palliative care, and they may have no idea what it is. The truth is that hospice and palliative care are related but used for different reasons at different times, and everyone should be well-versed in what they offer. Here, we’ll clarify some points of confusion.

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Well said, Rosemary. Special hospice homes can be useful, as well. The main thing is for the person who is dying to receive compassionate care that doesn't prolong a life that is no longer sustainable from the view of the patient. If a hospital can do this, it's wonderful because providing around-the-clock care in the home can be extremely hard on the family.

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It is common in the UK for hospices to offer respite care. That is for the sick person to spend a couple of weeks in the hospice perhaps to stabilise new drug regimes or to help over a difficult patch and to give the carer a break. My friend did this several times and it helped both her and her husband a lot. In the end, she died there with her family around her in what had become a familiar place. The whole family said how valuable it had been. Hospices can do a lot.

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