Palliative care and hospice are options to help you and your family during one of life’s most intimate and challenging moments. It is important to understand that palliative and hospice care are not the same. Both offer comfort, but palliative care can begin at diagnosis and provided at the same time as treatment. Hospice care begins after treatment of a life-limiting disease is stopped and when it's determined by a doctor that the person is expected to live 6 months or less.

Community-based Palliative Care is designed to meet the needs of seriously ill individuals and their families. It is important to know that one does not have to forgo curative treatment or have a terminal diagnosis to receive palliative care. Palliative care optimizes quality of life and guides patients and families though information about their specific disease and their choices ahead.

We understand that choosing hospice or palliative care can be a difficult and emotional decision. Talk with your family, doctors, and others you trust. If you have questions, call us at 504-370-2371 or use the contact form on this page. 

Hospice vs Palliative Care