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Welcome to Acura Palliative Care

Best health care in your home environment

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A new medical term has caught the attention of those interested in quality of life in health care – palliative care. This is not a new term to the Hospice side of medicine.  For the last 30 plus years, palliative care has been provided by hospice programs for dying Americans.  Home health care also can have a palliative approach dependent upon the individual patient needs.  To palliate means to make comfortable by treating a person’s symptoms from an illness.  Where these three programs differ greatly is in the timing, payment and eligibility for services.

What’s the Difference?

While all of these services may be provided in the home, here is how they differ:

  • Home health services help you get better from an illness or injury, regain your independence, and become as self-sufficient as possible.
  • Palliative care is a form of health care in which patients face chronic or quality of life-limiting illnesses, and focuses on the relief of symptoms, pain and stress. Patients may receive curative treatments.
  • Hospice is for patients with a limited life expectancy, who are no longer receiving curative treatments for any terminal illness.