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Hospice and Palliative Care Resources

End-of-life care is filled with emotions and tough questions which may require decision-making skills that many of us just do not possess.

The purpose of this page and the resources presented are aimed at assisting in these tough decisions that one may be forced to make during trying times.

Both the clinician and the consumer will find any of a number of resources which will aid in discussing the many options available in presenting them along with the information needed to make these very heart wretching decisions.


What is Palliative Care?

The Duke University School of Medicine Center for Palliative Care describes Palliative Care as specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness - whatever the diagnosis.

The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.


What is Hospice?

The Hospice Foundation of America describes Hospice as a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.

The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient's last days by offering comfort and dignity.



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Page Last Updated: March 21, 2014


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