‘Hospice care is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice.’
Hospice is one program under the umbrella of palliative care. It is designed to provide palliative care and emotional support to the terminally ill in a home or homelike setting so that quality of life is maintained and family members may be active participants in care.
Hospice care does not necessarily mean the end of a life. Patients can transition out of a hospice facility and be cared for at their home or re-engage in treatment.
Palliative care is quality-of-life care for people with serious and chronic illness. Palliative care can be given when the illness is diagnosed, throughout treatment, during follow-up, and at the end of life. While receiving palliative care, people can remain under the care of their regular doctor and continue receiving treatment for their disease.