What is the Difference Between Hospice and Home Care?

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Have you wondered what the difference is between hospice and home care facilities? Both hospice and home care facilities share some similarities, but the two approaches to care are different from each other. Read on to learn more about hospice and home care and the importance nurses everywhere have on our communities.

 Hospice Vs. Home Care


Hospice care is comfort care for patients who are typically given six months or less to live. This level of care is continuous and is in the patient's home, whether a residence, nursing, or assisted facility. Routine hospice care is given 24/7 by delivering medications, bathing, and easing patient symptom flare-ups. The primary goal of hospice care is to keep patients comfortable and at ease while their disease runs its course. Hospice care comes with a certified nurse by the patient's side at all times and 24/7 support to hospice experts for any questions or concerns. It may be hard to see a loved one in hospice, especially knowing their life may end. Hospice care offers help and support to the family members by providing spiritual and psychological support. For grieving and bereavement support, click here.  

Home Care

Home care is a service given to patients who are recovering from an injury, surgery, or a chronic condition. This type of care is provided in the home of those patients who require skilled nursing services such as speech pathology, physical therapy, or occupational services. Unlike hospice care, home care does not require 24/7 aid. Home care aims for nurses to help patients inside their homes recover and build strength to soon live on their own again. Specific exercises and therapy are given to get them healthy and back and up on their feet again.

FAQ About Hospice vs. Home Care

How do you know when someone needs hospice care?

Hospice care is given when someone is diagnosed with a disease, such as cancer, where the treatment becomes incurable, and there is no longer a way to control the disease.

Why would a doctor recommend hospice?

Hospice is given when a patient needs full attention and care after curative treatment can no longer be provided. Certain diseases can take a toll on patients, and it's best to have them comfortable at home with continuous care of feeding, medication, bathing, etc.

How long is hospice given?

Hospice care is given for up to six months, or longer, depending on the life expectancy given by the patient's doctor.

How long is home care given?

Unlike hospice, home care is given until the patient sees positive results. The amount of care and time of care varies on the case, but most patients go through home care therapy until they can live independently.

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