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.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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