Hospice care is for those who are beyond the stage of benefit from medical treatment and are possibly in the final months of their lives. The overall goal of hospice is to help loved ones get the best quality of life in the time remaining.
As a chronic illness or condition has progressed beyond treatment, hospice prioritizes pain control and other symptoms to make the final weeks and months of life as comfortable as possible. Hospice care is often provided at home, however care can also be received in hospice centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and other long term care facilities.
Palliative care is also found closely related to hospice. Palliative care can be defined as compassionate comfort care that provides relief from the symptoms and physical and mental stress of a serious or life-limiting illness. Palliative care can be pursued at diagnosis, during curative treatment and follow-up, and at the end of life.