What is the difference between hospice and palliative care?

Hospice and palliative care both focus on “palliation” that is, comfort. Hospice care is typically elected by the patient who is no longer pursuing a cure for a terminal illness or condition. Palliative care is usually sought by patients and their caregivers while hope for improvement or remission remains. The palliative care patient may or may not continue treatment aimed at cure.

What illnesses qualify for hospice support?

Cancer that has spread, with advanced disease process, weight loss, confusion, etc.

Congestive Heart Disease with severe fatigue, shortness of breath at rest, edema.

Dementia when the patient is bed-bound and incapable of personal care with continuing weight loss and loss of meaningful speech

End Stage Immune Disorders

Chronic Lung Disease with shortness of breath at rest, oxygen dependence, frequent hospitalization

Neuro-Muscular Disorders such as ALS (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease”), advanced Parkinson’s disease or MS (multiple sclerosis) with rapid progression, loss of muscle use and weight loss

Multi-System Breakdown with primary organ failure due to conditions such as end-stage diabetes and end-stage kidney disease that require total care

Stroke resulting in coma, inability to swallow and continuing weight loss and need for total care

How many days of care can Hospice House of Williamsburg provide?

We don’t have a set time limit on the care we provide to guests. 

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