The Mesothelioma Center's February Support Group - Understanding Palliative & Hospice Care


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Many people aren’t familiar with the term “palliative care,” and it is often confused with hospice care. Palliative care is a general term used to describe any therapy that alleviates the symptoms, pain or suffering caused by a disease or its treatment. This month’s support topic aims to clear the confusion by explaining what both types of care entail, and by addressing their similarities and differences.

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The Mesothelioma Center's February Support Group - Understanding Palliative & Hospice Care

  1. 1. Understanding the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care Dana Nolan MS, LMHC, NCC Mental Health Counselor
  2. 2. A New Trend in Patient Care Increase in hospitals/clinics offering specialized palliative care. Confusion between palliative care and hospice. Hospice care is more established nationwide and worldwide. (800) 615-2270
  3. 3. What is Palliative Care?  Goal is to feel better.  Patients with chronic or serious illness (such as mesothelioma).  Decrease or relieve symptoms of disease or its treatment.  Improve quality of life. (800) 615-2270
  4. 4. Palliative Care With Mesothelioma Patients  Common symptoms treated: pain, shortness of breath, chemotherapyinduced neuropathy, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue etc.  Palliative care can be given ALONG SIDE curative treatments such as surgery, chemo, gene therapy etc. (800) 615-2270
  5. 5. Who Provides Palliative Care?  Physicians, Registered Nurses, Counselors, Massage Therapists, Registered Dietitians etc…  Increase recently in healthcare teams that SPECIALIZE in palliative care. (800) 615-2270
  6. 6. What is Hospice Care?  Patients cease curative treatment and begin palliative care only to maximize quality of life.  Life expectancy is months vs. years.  Hospice organizations provide care to patients/families in their home or nursing home.  Hundreds of hospice organizations in US. (800) 615-2270
  7. 7. Who Are Hospice Care Providers? Hospice organizations are only able to provide hospice care to patients who meet hospice criteria. Physician, nurse, home health aids, counselors/social workers, chaplains and volunteers routinely make up hospice teams. Services are routinely provided in the patient’s home which better suits the family and patient. (800) 615-2270
  8. 8. Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care  Does insurance pay for palliative care?  Does health insurance pay for hospice care?  Can I stop hospice care and go back to curative treatment if a promising drug comes on the market? (800) 615-2270
  9. 9. Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care Cont. Can I keep my physician if I want to add palliative care to my treatment plan? Can I keep my physician if I want hospice care? How long can I receive palliative care? How long can I receive hospice care? (800) 615-2270
  10. 10. Conclusions  Many misconceptions about both hospice care and palliative care.  Many similarities between the two types of treatment.  Major difference is that a patient cannot receive curative treatment while receiving hospice care. (800) 615-2270
  11. 11. Contact Information 1-800-615-2270 (800) 615-2270
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