Home care and hospice may frequently be lumped together when discussing alternative patient care that takes place outside of the hospital setting, but they are two distinctly different forms of medical service.
Home care focuses on ongoing traditional medical care and rehabilitative activities, whereas the focus of hospice is to provide care and comfort to terminally ill patients in their final days. Hospice also provides counseling and support for the families of terminally ill patients, while home care provides specifically for the needs of the patient.
For more information on what services are offered by home care and who can qualify to receive it, contact a home care provider in your area.
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