Hospice care and palliative care
are similar in that both aim to reduce your physical pain and emotional suffering. However, hospice care is specifically for people who are terminally ill
, typically with six months or less to live. It enables you to live your last days to the fullest, with purpose, dignity, grace, and support. People who receive palliative care may be living with a serious illness, but they’re not necessarily end-of-life patients. Palliative care
refers to any care that can help alleviate symptoms, reduce pain, and ease emotional distress, which can be helpful at any stage of an illness.