PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES
At Lighthouse Hospice and Palliative Care our goal is to ease suffering and provide relief no matter your personal circumstances. That is why we also offer palliative care options which address the needs of those in all age groups who suffer from serious, life-limiting illness or disease.
PALLIATIVE CARE DEFINED
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people living with a serious life-limiting illness that is minimally or poorly responsive to medical treatments and interventions. 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. It focuses on the patient's needs and treatment preferences, not just the prognosis.
What is the difference between Hospice care and Palliative care?
There is often some confusion about the difference between Hospice care and Palliative care. Hospice care focuses on the support of those suffering from a life-limiting illness, that is in the terminal stage (prognosis of 6 months or less) when treatment options have been declined or are no longer effective and a comfort-oriented approach is appropriate. Palliative care is support of those suffering from a serious, life-limiting illness, when treatment is being considered or provided to lessen the effects of a disease, with the expectation that treatment will unlikely result in a cure, but prove to delay disease progression or provide symptom relief.
Who qualifies for palliative care?
Palliative care is for anyone with a serious, life-limiting illness or disease. Your current team of healthcare providers and caregivers will continue to provide care and treatment in collaboration with the Lighthouse Palliative Care team, who will provide in-home visits. Common illnesses and diseases that qualify for palliative care include, but are not limited to :