Hospice care and palliative care are not interchangeable terms. Whereas all hospice care is palliative, there are some big differences.
To be eligible for hospice, patients must have a limited life expectancy of about six months if the illness runs its expected course.
There are many different Life-limiting Illnesses
Palliative care can be provided at any stage of a serious illness and is usually provided along with curative treatment.
Palliative care can be provided in hospitals and some WV hospitals have their own palliative consultation teams. It can also be provided in nursing homes, in clinics or at home.
There are several community palliative care teams that are based in West Virginia hospices. Some of the services provided are:-
- pain and symptom management
- support and education
- Advance Care Planning
- help with decision making
Tri-State Life Care Huntington 304-399-0225
PalliativeCare of Southern West Virginia 304-253-9151
Palliative Care Center Charleston 304-941-1951
Compassus Princeton 304-431-2000
Caring Connections – Palliative Care Northern Panhandle 740-859-5650
Resources for cancer patients can be found on the Mountains of Hope website if you need help with transportation, financial concerns or to find a support group.