types of care What type of care is right for you?

Hospice care, palliative care, and serious illness support are three approaches to pain and symptom relief. Better understand which care is right for you by reading the summaries and comparison chart below.

Hospice care

Hospice focuses on managing symptoms and pain for people in the terminal phase of life. Care is delivered by an interdisciplinary team, focused on addressing the holistic needs of the patient and family.

Palliative care

Serious illness support

comparison What are the differences?

Hospice CarePalliative CareSerious Illness Support
Payment Options
Medicare, Medicaid, VA and/or Private Insurance
Private Insurance and/or self pay
Not applicable
Care Setting
Wherever patient resides. Can be own home, assisted living, CBRF, or nursing home.
Home or assisted living facility
Patient's own home, assisted living facility, and memory care units
Goals of Care
Patient no longer wishes to pursue curative measures and wants to focus is on quality of life and comfort measures
Advanced care planning, patient and family education regarding self-care and symptom management, and focus on symptom management
Focus is on educating, coordinating, navigating, and transitioning for each person and family during a serious illness as well as advanced care planning
Life expectancy of 6 months or less and Physician(s) certify terminal condition
Has a life-limiting illness with life expectancy of 12 months or less and can still be pursing curative treatments
Has a serious illness

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