Palliative Care vs. Hospice Care

by August 18, 2019

Hospice care and palliative care both aim to provide a better quality of life with relief from symptoms and side effects for people with a serious illness. They each have special care teams that address a person’s physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual needs. At Tysons Woods Assisted Living, we provide quality hospice support in Vienna, Virginia, to our resident’s and we put their comfort and quality of life first. As we are a small living community, we are devoted to developing a close-knit community among our residents. We offer many amenities for our residents to ensure your loved one enjoys their time at our community.


Below, we discuss some of the differences between palliative and hospice care:

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care can be given separately from hospice care, however, it’s often a part of hospice care. While palliative care does not treat illnesses, it more so prevents or treats the symptoms and side effects as early as possible. The specialized professionals who are part of the palliative care team can help look for and manage mental, physical, emotional, social, and spiritual issues that may exist.

What is Hospice Care?

Hospice care provides compassionate care for people in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. It treats the person and symptoms of the disease, rather than treating the disease itself. 

When Are They Offered?

Hospice care is offered to patients during their last phase of an incurable illness or near the end of life. Palliative care can be offered at any stage of a serious illness.

What Other Care Can Be Given?

Hospice care is provided when there is no active or curative treatment being given for the serious illness. During hospice care, treatment focuses on managing symptoms and side effects to keep the patient comfortable. Palliative care can be provided while the patient is receiving active treatment.

What Will The Care Team Do?

A hospice care team coordinates the majority of care for a patient and communicates with the patient’s medical care team. A palliative care team is separate from the patient’s medical care team that’s giving and managing treatment for the illness but communicates with the medical care team.

Tysons Woods Assisted Living: Trusted Hospice Support in Vienna, Virginia

At Tysons Woods, our senior living community is small and offers a close-knit environment, as residents can experience a free-living lifestyle while receiving quality hospice support. Our skilled staff will create a personal care plan that is based on what the resident needs. As a family-owned assisted living facility, we treat your family as our own. Our goal is to make sure our patients feel as safe and comfortable as possible during this time. 


If your loved one is in need of hospice care, contact us at (703) 846-0395 for more information.