The comprehensive, compassionate palliative care delivered through Notre Dame At Home aims to help patients and families as they endure the difficulties and challenges associated with serious illnesses, life-limiting, and terminal illnesses.
What is Palliative Care?
By definition, “palliative care” is an approach that provides support and improves quality of life for both patients who are facing a life-threatening illness, and their families, by preventing and relieving any suffering, identifying and treating any physical pain, and addressing their psychosocial and spiritual needs.1
Both palliative care and hospice care focus on support, comfort, and quality of life for patients with serious or life-limiting illnesses—but they are not the same. The illustration below highlights the important differences between the two.
Notre Dame Health Care offers “At Home” Palliative Care for adults and children. Our team provides palliative services in personal homes, other nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, or wherever patients call home.
1 World Health Organization
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Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care
No life expectancy limit
Covered under traditional medical insurance or Medicare
More aggressive treatment of symptoms without compromising quality of life
Quality of life
Emotional, physical & spiritual support
Life expectancy of 6 months or less
Covered under Medicare
Pain management to allow patient to die with dignity