Sunday, December 13, 2015

The difference between hospice and palliative care in the US vastly different than Canada

This is a good article that explains the US system. In Canada a hospice ten

Heart of Hastings Hospice, Madoc, Ontario

Lots of supporters and volunteers!
ds to be an organization which supports the caregiver, and palliative care is the type of care received. All of this healthcare is covered in Canada's universal healthcare system. Hospices tend to run with volunteers, 70% funded by donations, and people like myself, who assist family caregivers with respite care, or friendly visiting.
A Canadian hospice can be a room in a hospital, or a stand-alone building.
Ontario celebrates three new residential hospice facilities
We provide home care, no matter the diagnosis. It is vastly underfunded, with waiting lists for long-term care, yet supports are there.


Making every last day count: Hospice care helps couple deal with terminal illness


It’s often confused with hospice, a type of palliative care specifically for patients not seeking to be “cured.” That could mean people for whom no treatment options are left for curing their illness, or people who just don’t want to go through a hard medical treatment that’s likely to hurt and has only a small chance of working. US Medicare requires a hospice patient to have two doctors certify that life expectancy, if the illness progresses as expected, is less than six months. But chronically ill patients can have hospice care for more than six months, or can move in and out of hospice depending on the level of care they need.

Heart of Hastings Hospice, 

Madoc, Ontario

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