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Palliative Care

For many people, the diagnosis of a serious illness does not require the comprehensive services of hospice. Sunflower’s palliative care is not limited to those in the final stages of their disease. We have created specialized programs specifically for the care of our palliative clients.

Palliative Care Vs Hospice Care

Palliative care and hospice are easily confused because, while everything within hospice is palliative, not everything palliative is hospice.

Palliative care

  • Goal is to manage symptoms and enhance comfort and quality of life for our clients.
  • Palliative care be delivered concurrently with aggressive treatments and therapies that are aimed at cure.
  • Palliative care can be delivered at any stage of life.

Hospice care

  • Hospice care starts when it is determined that a cure is no longer an option
  • Goal is to make our client’s remaining life as comfortable as possible by addressing physical symptoms and distress as well as emotional and spiritual issues.
  • Hospice focuses on a person’s last six months (or less) of life.

So essentially, while hospice works to help terminal patients physically, mentally, and spiritually live comfortably at the end of life, palliative care undertakes the same philosophy of full-patient care which can be performed for non-terminal patients, helping them live longer, happier lives.

Review our “Palliative Services” page for more information.

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