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What’s the difference between hospice vs. palliative care?

Understanding your care options
When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness, understanding the difference between hospice and palliative care is one piece of information that can help you on your journey. Knowing your choices and options can relieve anxiety, and begin a roadmap for making informed decisions about your plan of care. Have a look at the differences and similarities between hospice and palliative care below.

JourneyCare can help you and your loved ones make informed decisions about the type of care you should receive. Click here to request care online, or give us a call at 1-844-6-JOURNEY to speak with a JourneyCare team member.

 HospicePalliative Care
Who can receive care?Individuals who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness that is progressing in spite of curative treatments and have a certified prognosis of six months or less. This applies to people of all ages with any type of illness, including, but not limited to, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), cancer, congestive heart failure (CHF), kidney disease, lung disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.Individuals with pain or other symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, shortness of breath, fatigue and/or anxiety resulting from a serious illness. This applies to people of all ages with any type of life-limiting illness, including terminal cancer (stage 4), end-stage congestive heart failure (NYHA Class 4), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and more.
What services are provided?» An individualized plan of care
» Clinical team available for consult 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
» Skilled nursing care for pain control and symptom management, as well as coordination of care, services and support
» Assistance with activities of daily living and personal care needs
» Teaching and guidance for caregivers
» Medications, supplies and equipment
» Therapies such as physical, occupational, speech and respiratory, when medically indicated
» Assistance with personal and community resource needs offered by our licensed social workers
» Ongoing emotional support for you and your family
» Spiritual support and guidance by our care team and chaplains
» Life enriching services, such as touch therapy and music-thanatology
» Consultative service provided by board certified palliative doctors working with a team of advanced practice nurses
» Assessment of medications and treatments toreduce symptoms and improve quality of life
» Expert symptom management
» Collaboration and communication with your doctor(s)
» Discussions on goals of care
» Staff nurse available via telephone during business hours or you can leave a message anytime
» Education on advance care planning to document your healthcare goals and wishes
How are services paid for?» Medicare (Part A)
» Illinois Medicaid
» Most private insurance
» Does not require co-pays
» Medicare (Part B)
» Illinois Medicaid
» Most private Insurance
» Standard co-pays & deductibles apply
Will insurance also pay for home health?
(A service different from hospice or palliative care)
No, insurance will not cover home health at the same time you are receiving hospice care.Yes, insurance will cover home health care while you are receiving palliative services. The palliative team works closely with home health care to meet your needs.
Can I still have a “private duty” caregiver?Yes — a list of agencies can be found on our website.Yes — a list of agencies can be found on our website.