Hospice care focuses on bringing comfort, self-respect, and tranquility to people in the final stages of life. Patients’ symptoms and pain are controlled, goals of care are discussed and emotional needs are supported.
Hospice believes that the end of life is not a medical experience, it is a human experience that benefits from expert medical and holistic support that hospice offers. The concept of hospice has been evolving since the 11th century.
While palliative care may seem to offer a broad range of services, the goals of palliative treatment are concrete: relief from suffering, treatment of pain and other distressing symptoms, psychological and spiritual care, a support system to help the individual live as actively as possible, and a support system to sustain and rehabilitate the individual's family.
Palliative and Hospice care can be cataloged in databases or books by a number of different terms: death and dying, end-of-life, hospice care, terminal care, palliative care, palliative treatment, right to die, or palliative medicine.
Current statistics of hospice and palliative care can be found at: http://www.nhpco.org/hospice-statistics-research-press-room/facts-hospice-and-palliative-care