Advance Care Planning
Advance care planning is making decisions about the care you would want to receive if you become unable to speak for yourself. Advance care planning includes:
Getting information on the types of life-sustaining treatments that are available.
Deciding what types of treatment you would or would not want should you be diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
Sharing your personal values with your loved ones.
Completing advance directives to put into writing what types of treatment you would or would not want should you be unable to speak for yourself.
The goals of palliative care are to provide symptom management, pain control, and spiritual, emotional, and social support to patients and families facing the stresses of serious illness.
Palliative care differs from hospice as it is provided early and across the course of the illness.
A patient is not required to have a terminal illness to receive palliative care. Palliative care can be provided when patients are seeking aggressive life-prolonging and curative treatment.
Palliative care is provided in the hospital and outpatient clinics, and can be provided in the home.
What is the difference between hospice and palliative care:
All hospice is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice.
The goal of hospice is to provide alleviation of pain and other symptoms that accompany life-limiting illness at the end of life. Hospice strives to also provide social, spiritual, and emotional support of the patient and family during the stresses caused by dealing with life-limiting illness.
Hospice has four levels of care.
Information for this page was compiled from the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.