Hospice and palliative care
Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients who have advanced illness. A health care team can give palliative care while a patient is receiving regular medical treatments. Family support is also provided.
Hospice care provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to patients who have life-limiting illness. Hospice care is for patients who may have less than 6 months to live. Family support is also provided.
Source: Allina Health Home Health; Allina Health's Patient Education Department
Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics
First published: 6/4/2012
Last reviewed: 8/11/2009