Hospice or Palliative Care ?

Palliative care and hospice care both strive to improve quality of life for people with serious illnesses. Which type of care may be right for you?


Palliative care Hospice care
For anyone with a serious or chronic illness, regardless of prognosis For anyone who has a life-limiting condition and a life expectancy of six months or less
Can be provided in addition to treatment that is intended to cure the illness Available to people who are no longer seeking curative treatment and whose focus is comfort
Goals: Help patient live as independently as possible; manage complex symptoms; prevent or treat pain; restore comfort; reduce stress; help patient comply with treatments, medications and doctor’s instructions; identify community resources which may provide additional support Goals: Help patient and family meet their unique end-of-life goals; manage complex physical symptoms and improve comfort; address emotional and spiritual concerns; educate patient and family about what to expect at the end of life
Visits provided at home, in a long-term care facility or at a clinic Care usually provided where the patient lives—in their own home, a long-term care or assisted living facility or a residential hospice center
Care team may include physicians/nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers and hospice counselors Care team often includes physicians/nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nursing assistants, social workers, hospice counselors, pharmacists, trained volunteers and others
Coverage for care by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance may vary according to the type of care provided; some services may require private pay. Funds available for those who qualify based on financial need Covered for most patients by Medicare, Medicaid or private insuranceFunds available for those who qualify based on financial need

  • Agrace provides in-home palliative care consultations to identify the medical, emotional and social issues that need to be addressed to improve the patient’s quality of life.
  • Agrace Care Navigation can help people manage serious illnesses more confidently at home with guidance and education from a registered nurse. The monthly cost of the service is often offset by the savings that can occur by reducing the need for emergency department visits or repeat hospitalizations.

Agrace has provided compassionate care to residents of south central Wisconsin since 1978.