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Certified Palliative Care

Although the terms palliative and hospice are often used interchangeably, they are in fact different. Hospice is typically defined as care of the terminal or dying person, usually with a life expectancy of six months or less. Whereas, palliative care is supportive care for clients with a wide range of needs, regardless of life expectancy.

At Visiting Angels, we view palliative care as a philosophy of care. This is not a ‘program’ we admit our clients to, but is in fact how we care for all our clients. The Visiting Angels Palliative Care Certification Program was developed to train our caregivers to provide care that is supportive, soothing, comforting, and attends to the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of our clients.

Through our continuum of care services, we are able to provide quality, competent, and supportive care that enriches the lives of those we serve. Visiting Angels has adopted a palliative care philosophy that integrates best practices to effectively support our clients and their families.

Palliative Care                          Hospice Care

Palliative care can benefit anyone with a chronic health condition, regardless of life expectancy.

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Palliative care helps maintain quality of life and relieves suffering for many individuals.

Hospice care is mostly aimed at patients who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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Hospice care is aimed at providing patients with a dignified, pain-free end of life. In the U.S., hospice care is mostly meant to be administered inside the patient’s home.

Source: The Mayo Clinic and

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