Palliative care is specialized medical care for persons with serious illness that:
Palliative care is provided at any stage of illness and can be provided simultaneously with curative treatment or skilled care.
People often wonder about the difference between palliative care and hospice care. As demonstrated in the diagram below, all hospice care is palliative, but not all palliative care is hospice.
Hospice is palliative care at the end of life, generally for individuals with a prognosis of six months or less.
Palliative care extends beyond that six-month timeframe to any experience of serious illness throughout the life span. Furthermore, patients receiving palliative care can continue to pursue curative treatment.