Palliative Care FAQ

If you are curious about what palliative care is and whether or not it is the right answer for you or a family member, consult this FAQ. You can also request a consultation with our team of palliative care specialists to learn more.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a field of medicine concerned with relieving and reducing patient pain and discomfort. The primary mission of palliative care is to help both patients and their families deal with pain caused by an illness or the treatment of an illness. Palliative care focuses on treating not just physical pain, but addresses the mental, emotional and spiritual toll that disease and illness can take as well. Read More 

Who is Palliative Care for?

Palliative care focuses on improving the quality of life for both patients and their families; palliative care is a coordinated effort to address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual challenges that come with disease and illness.

What is the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?

Both palliative care and hospice care are focused on helping patients deal with the symptoms of illness in order to provide the highest quality of life possible. The major difference between palliative care and hospice care is that hospice care is exclusively for end-of-life care. To become enrolled in hospice care patients must have two physician certify that they have less than 6 months to live. Palliative care, on the other hand, is available at any time to help patients manage any symptoms or pain that are reducing their quality of life. Read More

Do I Meet the Requirements for Receiving Palliative Care?

Palliative care is appropriate for anyone experiencing a lower quality of life because of pain or symptoms. Even patients who cannot attribute their health problems to specific illnesses can see benefits from palliative care treatment. There are a variety of problems that Palliative Care Austin is well-suited to address, which you can read more about here.