Differences Between Palliative Care and Hospice

Palliative care is an approach to care with a goal of preventing or relieving suffering (physical, social, emotional and spiritual) and improving quality of life for patients with serious illness and their families. Palliative care is beneficial at any time during the course of an illness and can be offered while a person is having life-prolonging treatments. Treatments meant to cure can continue when receiving palliative care.

Hospice is a special type of palliative care and is appropriate when curative or disease-modifying treatment is no longer possible or not wanted by the patient. In general, hospice care is limited to the last 6 months of life.

The model below shows how palliative care can be successfully combined with treatment of the illness up to the point of death.

Ministry Health Care Palliative Care Model


Click here to learn more about hospice and available hospice services.


If you or a loved one is in need of palliative support, please talk with your clinician about our Palliative Care services.

Inpatient palliative care is available at these locations:

Visit www.CaringBridge.org

CaringBridge is a nonprofit offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event.

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