Palliative Care and Hospice
Both hospice and palliative care focus on managing symptoms and side effects. The main goal for both types of care is to improve a patient’s quality of life.
At Swedish, our goal of palliative care is to find services you need so you can regain your mental and physical strength to undergo medical treatments.
You can begin receiving palliative care as soon as you have been diagnosed with a serious illness. You can continue receiving this type of care as long as you need it and want it. Your medical team and palliative-care team work together, so palliative care becomes part of your treatment plan.
When patients are no longer receiving treatment to cure their illness, they may choose to have hospice care. Hospice care focuses on making the patient comfortable and providing the best quality of life possible for the time they have remaining.