Palliative Care

Is Palliative Care the Same as Hospice?

There is confusion about whether or not “hospice care” and “palliative care” are interchangeable phrases. All hospice care is palliative, but not all palliative care is hospice care. INTEGRIS of Oklahoma City can provide both.

Palliative and hospice care share the same goals of comfort through management of pain and symptoms. In addition, both care systems embrace the concept of an interdisciplinary care team.

The differences are:

  • Palliative care is available to ALL patient and their families and is provided at any stage of a serious or chronic illness. Palliative care can also be provided alongside curative treatment.
  • Hospice care is for patients who have a limited life expectancy. It is provided after all curative treatment has been attempted or the patient decides they may not want to attempt curative treatment.

Many patients and family members wait too long to seek hospice care or they think they have to stay at home in bed and “be sick.” Nothing could be further from the truth. There will still be good days, and it is important that you make the most of them. We encourage you and your patient to take advantage of the good days, live life to the fullest, taking each day as it comes and making that day as memorable as it can possibly be.

Talk to your physician about palliative care or contact INTEGRIS Hospice at 405-848-8884 to find out what services are right for you and your family.



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