Hospice and palliative care choices are critical

Palliative medicine is the medical specialty which focuses on symptom control rather than disease treatment. Hospice is a Medicare benefit in which a patient receives palliative care in their home through a coordinated team of health professionals.

In the early stages of a significant disease, hospice appropriately takes a back seat to curative medicine. However, when appropriate, the recognition of palliative medicine and hospice is not an admission of defeat, but rather of acceptance.

Hospice is appropriate when a patient’s prognosis is estimated to be six months or less. Some patients enrolled in hospice die before this time, while other patients survive more than a year while receiving hospice care.

In fact, hospice patients often live longer than similar patients not enrolled in hospice. More.


About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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