Understand Care Options: Palliative and Hospice Care

Although both palliative and hospice care offer pain and symptom relief to patients, the diagnosis and care plans differ.

In hospice, patients are provided end-of-life comfort care. Palliative care can include comfort care for patients who are at the end of life or for patients who may recover from their illness. The same care team serves the needs of both palliative care and hospice patients. Below are some differences and similarities between the services.

Palliative Care

  • Can be paid by private insurance or self-pay
  • Available at any stage of illness or disease
  • Received with treatments intended to cure the patient
  • Occurs in the hospital

Hospice Care

  • Paid by Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance
  • Less than six months prognosis
  • Intended for end-of-life care
  • Occurs in the home setting


  • Comfort care
  • Provides stress relief
  • Offers relief from symptoms
  • Increased support

Learn more about palliative care and home health or hospice services.

Palliative care services are available to patients admitted to Memorial Health System hospitals. To speak with a Palliative Care team member, contact the Advanced Care Management office at 217-788-3360.

Contact Memorial Home Services in the Decatur, Springfield, Jacksonville, Taylorville or Lincoln areas to learn more about home health or hospice services.

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