Palliative care is a philosophy of care that focuses on quality of life and is appropriate for any age or stage of illness. It is curative care that includes hospitalization, chemo or dialysis that may be sought at the same time one is receiving palliative care. In contrast, hospice provides care for persons in the last phase of life when seeking comfort care.
Palliative care is specialized treatment focusing on persons and families experiencing changing health and self-care needs. The expertise of palliative care includes assessment and management of distressing symptoms of chronic illness, at any stage, and facilitating sensitive discussions that result in documents that outline your wishes for care. Palliative care partners with your primary care provider and specialists.