Palliative and Hospice Care

What's the difference between hospice and palliative care?

Both hospice care and palliative care promote physical, emotional, social, spiritual and practical support to treat and prevent suffering.

Although often used interchangeably, hospice care is the more appropriate term when referring to end-of-life care. Palliative care is hospice-like care that begins from the time of diagnosis of a life-threatening or life-limiting illness, and can be provided concurrently with life-extending or curative efforts that are disease-directed.

  • Palliative Care: The patient has a life-threatening or life-limiting illness and the patient continues to pursue medical treatment options that are disease-directed.
  • Hospice Care: The patient’s prognosis is less than six months.

Whether your child needs hospice or palliative care, Noah’s Children provides family-centered compassionate programs that promote dignity and quality of life. We work closely with you and your child to understand your primary concerns, needs, fears, wishes and hopes. Together, we’ll determine how to best help your child and your family.

The Noah’s Children team provides for the needs of your child and family, so you can focus on making sure your time together is as rich and meaningful as possible.

Choosing palliative care and/or hospice for your child does not mean giving up hope. It’s about living life to the fullest – the fullest and most comfortable life your child has in his or her remaining time. It’s not about adding time to your child’s life, but rather about adding life to your child’s time.
— Dr. Bob Archuleta, Founder and Medical Director, Noah’s Children