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Confused by Palliative Care vs Hospice?

February 11th, 2020
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At CHS, to better define its scope, we call Palliative Care the Symptom Management & Supportive Care Service. The goal of the program is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family, offering an extra layer of medical support.

Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps patients and their families by focusing on the relief of pain, symptoms and emotional stress associated with a serious illness. This service is appropriate for patients of any age and can be used from diagnosis to any stage of the disease and may be used in parallel with a curative treatment plan.

The Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service Program is often confused with hospice care. Hospice care is a type of palliative care specifically meant for those approaching the last stages of life, when curative treatment is no longer sought. Symptom Management and Supportive Care Service can help at any stage of serious illness. You can have a curable serious illness and still benefit from palliative care.

Call CHS Palliative Care at 631-828-7417 for more information.

 

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