The patient beginning hospice care understands that his or her illness is not responding to medical attempts to cure it or to slow the diseases progress like palliative care hospice provides comprehensive comfort care as well as support for the family but in hospice attempts to cure the persons illness are stopped hospice is provided for a person with a terminal illness whose doctor believes he or she has 6 months or less to live if the illness runs its natural course. Palliative care is an option as soon as you receive a diagnosis of a serious life altering condition hospice care on the other hand isnt available until a doctor evaluates a timeline for the. Palliative medicine is specialized medical care for people with serious illness serious illness is one with high risk of mortality that negatively affects quality of life or function or is burdensome in symptoms treatments or caregiver stress palliative care improves symptom management and addresses the needs of patients and families resulting in improved patient and caregiver quality of life and reduced symptom burden and health care utilization hospice is palliative care for patients . Palliative care is part of that but its just one part people in hospice care generally are expected to have less than 6 months to live theyre often at home where family members and
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