Discussing hospice can be a beneficial option at any stage of a life-limiting illness. Patients as well as their families benefit the most when they are supported by the hospice team with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual support from their hospice team as early as possible.
Did you know?
Below are some interesting facts and figures released by the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.Gulfside is proud to have served residents of Pasco County, Fl for the past 30 years.
- 47.5% of hospice patients are ages 84 or older. Less than 6% are younger than age 65.
- Only 27% of hospice patients have a principal diagnosis of cancer. 18% have a diagnosis of dementia.
- The average length of stay for Medicare patients enrolled in hospice is 71 days.
Hospice care is palliative by nature, meaning it provides comfort care. At the point of receiving hospice care, a patient's illness has progressed to where curative treatment is no longer desired or beneficial. Hospice care supports the patient and their families while focusing on relieving symptoms and offering comfort from pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, insomnia or constipation.
Non-Hospice Palliative Care
By definition, non-hospice palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms that are related to chronic illnesses, such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s and other dementias, AIDS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological diseases.
As you can see, there are differences between non-hospice palliative care and hospice care – and yet there is a relationship between the two. Non-hospice palliative care can be used at any stage of an illness, not just the advanced stages.