Tag Archives: supportive care basics

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 […]



What is Home Health?

Contributed by: Lois Bentler-Lampe, Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President of Clinical Operations – OSF Home Care Services You need help and want to stay in your home?  Home health may be your answer. As the name implies, home health can provide high quality health care in your home. The goal of home health is […]



5 More Things to Know About Palliative Care

Last week, I shared the definition of “palliative care” as outlined by the Center to Advance Palliative Care as well as five things every patient and family member should know about what palliative care is and how it works. You don’t think I could just leave you hanging, could I? Here’s five more things every […]



5 Things to Know About Palliative Care

The terms “supportive care” and “palliative care” are sometimes used interchangeably. Where I work, we use the “supportive care” to include all the various programs that relate to palliative care and advance care planning. I am a big believer of not re-inventing the wheel, so let’s first look at the definition of “palliative care” that […]