The Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care Lee Memorial Health System Keeping patients calm and comfortable during treatment of a serious illness—that’s the goal of palliative care. “Often patients are fearful when they hear the term palliative care because it’s often associated with hospice.
Palliative Care Often Misunderstood Lee Memorial Health System Treating the patient, not the disease: it’s a mantra of palliative care. Often lumped with hospice, there is a distinct difference. Palliative patients are focused on life.
Advanced Directives Lee Memorial Health System Life changing events can happen in a second and leave loved ones with questions on what to do next. Kim Pieretti, a Palliative Care clinical social worker with Lee Health, says every day accidents and unexpected illnesses happen and families are left to make big decisions about a loved one’s future. “We prepare for vacations, we prepare for retirement, and this is one area where we really do need to have at least one conversation of how we define our quality of life.”