Palliative Care Vs End of Life Care in Pittsburgh, PA

Learn what distinguishes palliative care vs end of life care for seniors in Pittsburgh, PA

The concepts of palliative care vs end of life care, or hospice, are very similar, but they are not the same. Palliative care looks after the comfort and well-being of individual's with serious illnesses and other medical conditions regardless of their prognosis or stage of progression. In fact, it is wise to start this care as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering. To receive end of life care, however, a senior's condition must have turned terminal with the cessation of curative or restorative treatments and therapies. End of life care is typically only available during the final six months of a senior's life.

What is Palliative Care?

The University of Washington School of Medicine defines palliative care as "Care that focuses on improving the quality of life and quality of care for patients with life-threatening or life-limiting illness and their families through the prevention and relief of suffering, communication about goals of care, and early identification and assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual."

Boiled down, palliative services are designed to optimize a person's quality of life by addressing their physical, social, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. These needs must be met whether the senior is going to recover from their condition or not. Thus, care is an important addition to treatments meant to restore a person's health, but it is also an important component of care designed to lead a person to a dignified death. A standard care team will be comprised of doctors, nurses, social workers, massage and occupational therapists, clergy members, and non-medical support personnel.

What is End of Life Care?

End of life care entails many of the same concepts as palliative services, and it may even utilize many of the same palliative care team, but the focus changes from recovery to preparing for the end.

It is important to remember that utilizing palliative services does not mean you are giving up or foregoing any other care or service. Instead, you are taking advantage of medical and non medical home care providers who have special training in alleviating pain, suffering, stress, and fear.

In short, end of life care is always palliative in nature, but not all palliative care is related to a person's end of life. If your senior loved one is in need of non-medical palliative services and support, including specialized end of life care, contact us to keep with senior care coordinator today. 

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Pittsburgh, Coraopolis, Sewickley, Wexford, Cranberry Township, Ross Township, McCandless, North Hills Moon, Mars, McKees Rocks, Glenshaw, Carnegie, Ambridge, Crescent, Bradfordwoods, Warrendale, Leetsdale, Aliquippa, Avalon, Beaver Falls, Bellevue, Crafton, Dormont, Green Tree, Robinson Township, Shaler, Sheraden, Warrendale, West View, Butler and the surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

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