How to choose palliative and hospice care

For such difficult decisions, have peace of mind knowing which care is right for your loved one

 

 

Two options: Commonly Confused

The terms “palliative care” and “hospice care” are often used interchangeably. And sometimes, palliative is confused with hospice. It’s important to know which type of care is appropriate and beneficial for your loved one’s special circumstance.

Quality of life

What is Palliative Care?

  • Description of services
    For whom?
  • Who decides when needed
  • When used/needed
    Benefits
  • NOT end of life
  • Helping manage symptoms

What is Hospice Care?

Description of services
For whom?
When used/needed

6-month window

Requirements? (state by state?)

Benefits
Drawbacks (?)

How Palliative and Hospice Care may be coordinated

(One or two sentences)

Quality of life over-arching

Common misperceptions   (“Giving up”)

All ages

Chronic disease (such as ALS, Parkinsons, MS)

Ease of transition into hospice when time is right

Insurance issues

Is Palliative Care the right choice right now?

Things to consider and resources to help you

 

Cautions?

Common misperceptions? 

Common worries 

Common complications 

 

Your loved one’s wishes and needs

(loved one? your?)

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Emotional Spritual

Physical (pain, comfort)

Social

Medical advice given

Personal support Resources available (help, ADL, company)

 

How to choose a Palliative Care provider

Documentation needed?

Where to start?

Questions to ask

 

Tips/Resources

  • Links? Link to source, chronic diseases that could benefit from palliative
  • Your insights as an advocate/insider info
  • Other? (Cost? Insurance or Medicare benefits?)

Is Hospice Care Needed?

Things to consider and resources to help you

 

Cautions?

Common misperceptions? 

Common worries 

Common complications 

 

Your loved one’s wishes and needs

(loved one? your?)

5wishes.org

Emotional Spritual

Physical (pain, comfort)

Social

Medical advice given

Personal support Resources available (help, ADL, company)

 

How to choose a Hospice Care provider

Criteria for hospice  (explain certification)

Where to begin?

Questions to ask

 

Tips/Resources

  • Links? 
  • Your insights as an advocate/insider info
  • Bio-ethics review
  • Other? (Cost?, insurance or Medicare benefits?)

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