Hospice Care vs Palliative Care

For years I thought palliative Care and hospice Care were one and the same. When hospice was called 14 years ago for my mother, both services were mentioned but because the doctor mentioned only hospice care, we thought that was all that was needed. When we met with the hospice care team I noticed both services were on the pamphlet and asked about palliative care and the difference between the two. Here are some clarifications:

Palliative care focuses on relieving symptoms that are related to chronic illnesses, such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, kidney failure, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS), Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other neurological diseases. Palliative care can be used at any stage of illness not just the advanced stages. Palliative care can be considered at anytime during the course of a chronic illness and can be delivered at any location and services are typically provided through regular physician and nursing visits. Treatments are not limited with palliative care and can range from conservative to aggressive/curative. This type of care can be considered at anytime during the course of a chronic illness.

Hospice care focuses on palliation of symptoms and the goal is no longer to cure, but to keep the patient comfortable. Hospice care is end-of-life care. Hospice services are recommended by your physician once he or she has certified that you’re terminally ill and have a life expectancy of 6 months or less. Once hospice is called, a hospice care team will consist of a physician, a nurse a home health aide, a social worker, a chaplain and a volunteer. The hospice team reviews the entire patient’s and family’s needs with an emphasis on controlling pain and symptoms. Patients are treated with the most advanced techniques available including emotional and spiritual support. Hospice recognizes that a serious illness affects the entire family as well as the person who is ill and from my own personal experience, members of a hospice team strive to make sure everyone is comfortable with all of the changes that are happening.

If you have a loved one with a terminal illness and you are considering hospice, take it from someone who’s had to make that call. You are not giving up, but are allowing your loved one a peaceful dignified end to their journey.

For more information on Hospice Services at Methodist ElderCare call Kenya Y. George at 614-451-6700 or if you prefer you can email her at www.kgeorge@mecsrc.com.


June and Dave Harcum announced as Benefactors of New Wesley Ridge Fitness Center

Columbus, OH (April 15, 2015) – Methodist ElderCare Services (MES) has announced the launch of an $800,000 capital campaign to raise funds for the new Harcum Fitness and Aquatic Center at Wesley Ridge Retirement Community. Lead donors June and Dave Harcum secured naming rights with their generous gift of $500,000.

Plans are being finalized for the $3.5 million project which will include a fitness center, a community space, a gym, a pool, an exercise studio and a cafe. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for June 2015, with construction to begin late summer 2015.

“Senior living at its best includes all aspects of wellness,” commented Margaret R. Carmany, CEO. “Our ultimate goal for the Harcum Fitness and Aquatic Center is to provide a place for residents, staff and the community to increase their quality of life.”

Methodist ElderCare Services is an affiliate of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church providing quality housing, health care and services for seniors in the Central Ohio area. Incorporated in 1967, Methodist ElderCare Services is a not-for-profit corporation that knows its business and understands its customers. For additional information call (614) 396-4990 or visit www.methodisteldercare.org.


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