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What is the difference between hospice care and palliative care?
We find that many people are confused about the difference between hospice and palliative care. It is subtle.
Hospice care helps people nearing the end of life to live in comfort and dignity, surrounded by family and friends. Care includes pain management, counseling, and spiritual support. Hospice care also provides services to the patient’s family during and after the patient’s death, such as respite care and bereavement counseling.
While hospice typically begins when a patient has 6 months or less to live, palliative care starts much sooner.
Comfort care, also known as palliative care, for those with terminal or potentially incurable illnesses may be required before an end-of-life diagnosis. Comfort care provides pain management, counseling, and family assistance.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) provides home care for any stage of life, including end-of-life care. Our Hospice at Home provides both hospice and palliative care, including pain management, and emotional and spiritual support to the patient and family. For patients that have needs or desires that require additional support, VNA’s Inpatient Hospice provides 24-hour care on a 12-bed unit at Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital. Providing both at-home and in-patient care permits VNA to coordinate seamless transfers between an individual’s home and the inpatient unit to everyone's benefit.
Get to know Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) now, and all the home health services available to you and your loved ones, before you have a health emergency. We are proud to be the longest-serving VNA in the state of New Jersey, so we know a thing or two about helping seniors.
The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey (VNA) is a leading provider of comprehensive home health care services in Morris, Hunterdon, Sussex, and Warren Counties in Northern New Jersey. Established in 1898, generations have known that just one call to VNA opens the door to quality, patient-centered home health care solutions that allow patients to remain in the comfort of their homes with dignity, health, and independence.
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