Hospice Care & Palliative Care

Definition of Palliative Care:

The definition of palliative care is care that provides relief from symptoms of a serious illness and side effects of treatments. Palliative care is an option before there is a need for hospice. Patients can receive palliative care when they’re first diagnosed with a serious illness. They can also receive care while working toward a cure or transitioning to end-of-life care. With the support of palliative care, patients may be able to feel better, continue working and doing daily activities, and recover.

Here are some important facts about the definition of palliative care:

  • The main goals of palliative care are helping patients feel better and improving their quality of life.
  • Palliative care is a consult-based program with nurse practitioners who help patients and families manage chronic illnesses such as cancer, dementia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and kidney, heart, and lung diseases.
  • Some of the services commonly offered in palliative care are pain and symptom management, goals of care discussions, advanced care planning, family meetings, education, and support.
  • Patients can transition from palliative care to hospice care as their disease progresses toward the end of life.
  • Some of the professionals that may be on the palliative care team are doctors, nurses, dietitians, social workers, and chaplains.

Definition of Hospice Care:

Hospice is defined as care for people in the later stages of serious illness who are expected to live months rather than years. People often choose hospice care when treatment is no longer working or they don’t want to continue treatments to try to cure a terminal disease. Hospice is for people who want to maximize the time they have left, surrounded by what matters most to them.

Here are some important facts about the hospice definition:

  • The focus of hospice care is the comfort and quality of life.
  • Hospice includes palliative care, plus added services.
  • Hospice services may include regular visits from nurses, nurses’ aides, social workers, chaplains, and trained volunteers.
  • Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance plans cover hospice costs for qualifying patients.
  • Hospice can be provided wherever the patient calls home. This includes a private home or facilities like a nursing home, hospital, or hospice center.
  • Family caregivers get a lot of support while their loved one is on hospice. This may include education, respite care, and bereavement support.

What is Hospice Care and What Function does it Serve?

Hospice Care provides palliative treatment for patients with a terminal illness who are approaching the end of their lives. Interest comfort care focused on improving the quality of life of patients after they have chosen to seek curative treatment no longer, usually six months or less.

Hospice is integrative. It addresses the clinical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient. Hospice care respects the patients’ objectives and wishes for end-of-life care. In doing so, hospice patients often can live the remaining days, weeks, and months with affection, comfort, and dignity. In many cases, for a more extended period than they would if they were to continue seeking curative treatments until death.

Although hospice care focuses on patients with advanced disease, Nevada Hospice Care ensures family members of patients and caregivers also get support throughout this entire ordeal:

  • We can provide family members or loved ones with all the day-to-day care and activities
  • We offer opportunities for hospice respite care
  • We offer 24/7 intensive in-home care
  • We have excellent and effective emotional, spiritual, and long-term grief support teams.

Four Levels Of Hospice Care

Hospice Home Care

Most hospice home care provides you with comfort in your own home or a family member’s home or wherever the patient calls home. It could be a private residence, the family member’s home, nursing facilities, or assisted living facility.
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24/7 Home Hospice Care

When 24hr medical care is necessary, Nevada Hospice Care has a knowledgeable staff that can manage your needs. Wherever the patient chooses to live, our team will work in shifts to provide 24hr care seven days a week so the patient can avoid hospitalization.
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Inpatient Hospice Care

If the patients’ needs cannot be contained at their respective homes. Nevada Hospice Care will be able to provide inpatient beds at local facilities. Here, constant care and the ability to manage uncontrolled symptoms will be delivered until the patient can be discharged to return home.
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Respite Hospice Care

Respite care provides a brief “respite” for the primary caregiver of the patient. Limited to five days by admitting patients to an inpatient setting or an existing residence without fulfilling the criteria of hospitalization pain and symptom management.
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Family Testimonials


Nevada Hospice Care treated my Mom with great kindness, respect, and dignity in her final days. I will always be thankful for their sensitive, yet direct approach to helping me cope with loss, but most importantly their genuine, thoughtful attentiveness to my Mom. Thank you.

Lisa H.

When my.husband, Dean Abney, was in Nevada Memory Care. Nevada Hospice Care was so loving & compassionate. Hospice also provided entertainment for the residents. Also provided for other groups to come to brighten patients’ day. Always had the best interest of others in mind to make sure patients comfortable &.content. if anyone needs to consider Hospice care. This facility comes highly recommended. All staff gives of themselves, kindness, love & concern. My husband passed away peacefully on January 28, 2018. I had a final time with him just before. He went to take a nap as I left. I.hope these words provide hope, peace of mind to anyone needing Hospice care. Roberta LuAnn Abney.

Roberta A.

No more emotional & difficult decision exists in life then when deciding who to entrust with the care of your loved ones. We were very lucky and quite blessed to find Nevada Hospice Care. The home is located in a quiet and beautiful neighborhood. The facility is kept extremely clean and most importantly the staff is top-notch, caring and loving people who provide 24/7 care with the most difficult of situations. Affordable & extremely professional yet wonderfully personal. We couldn’t be happier with our experience. Thank you Nevada Hospice Care! 🙏🏼

Dan L.

….. the care is exceptional. There is no other better peace of mind knowing your loved one is cared for and loved. I’m eternally grateful for this company and their staff.

Gina S.

…I even hear from Pastor Adam checking on me and my family. If anyone is in need of help for their loved ones and are looking for the best care ever I would highly recommend Nevada Hospice Care and all of their staff. Stay safe and love one another ….

Kathryn G.

I have ran care homes for 7 years. I have had their service on numerous residents and they have some of the best staff. From their CNA’s to Management, they are always willing to give my staff TB tests and training. I cannot tell them enough how much I appreciate their service. They are always willing to help out! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Nichole C.

Nevada Hospice Care took care of my Mother-in-law who had terminal cancer. The attention and care they gave was what we needed during that horrible time for our family. I will always be thankful to the amazing CNA and Nurse who cared for her and the management team who made it all possible. Thank You

Maria H.

The professional and caring services that your organization provided for our loved one at the will never be forgotten. The book that you provided helped the family understand the full process of transitioning, it was very comforting. Each day you kept him clean and made the end of his life a comforting experience. We can’t thank you enough.


Everything we felt our brother needed, from the custom requests for breakfast to a different bed, Nevada Hospice Care responded immediately without question. As they monitored my brother on a daily basis, they recommended changes to us so that we could make the decisions for our brother.


To all members of Nevada Hospice who assisted my mom. Thank you all for your compassion and kindness to my mom and me during the last hours of her life. I will always remember your kind words to me. You are a wonderful group of people.

Rosemary Testimonial