Author Archives: Jenavee Barton

The Difference Between Hospice & Palliative Care

Palliative care is a specialized medical care for people with serious illness and focuses on providing relief from serious illness by relieving symptoms, pain and stress. Palliative care is appropriate in any chronic or severe illness, regardless of what other therapy is being received, including curative treatments. Hospice is a specific type of palliative care […]



Comfort Care

Contributed by: Mary Garrison, RN – Palliative Care Nursing, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center When someone is nearing the end of their life, caregivers may begin asking the patient and loved ones how they feel about stopping aggressive treatments. These treatments are ones that are meant to prolong life, but sometimes have a serious impact […]