November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month. 

Holistic Aging and other programs across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about hospice and palliative care. Hospice and Palliative care month is an opportunity to acknowledge recipients of in-home care services, and celebrate that they are able to remain in the safety and comfort of their own homes while receiving quality care. Home health, home care, and hospice & palliative care providers have always been important to vulnerable citizens in our communities.

Hospice and palliative care are nothing to be afraid of. Life Care Management services offered through Holistic Aging-Options For Elder Care is based upon a belief that the body shouldn’t be looked at as individual parts, but rather our holistic approach looks at how the many parts and systems of the body interact and support one another. Our focus is on the Root Cause of the issue we are helping our clients resolve. 

What’s the difference between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Hospice and palliative care is care beyond cure. It is about speaking honest hard truths with empathy and loving kindness.

Hospice Care

Hospice helps provide comfort and dignity to millions of people, allowing them to spend their final months at home, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice can help with such daily activities as administering medications, bathing, and dressing, but hospice does not provide full time caregivers. 

Palliative Care

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Hospice Service is completely covered by Medicare, can occur in the home, an inpatient hospice setting or a skilled facility, palliative care can only be provided in a home setting. You can choose to use any hospice provider and Holistic Aging can help with that process. Holistic Aging staff is familiar with the large number of Hospice providers in the Pittsburgh area and can offer customized recommendations to assist with this choice.

Once you choose either palliative care or hospice, you’ll have the support of an expert team of medical professionals and they will help you make choices along the way. Contact Holistic Aging for a FREE consult at https://holisticaging.com/contact/