The length of time a patient may receive palliative care can vary widely depending on their needs and circumstances.
Unlike hospice care, which is typically reserved for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less, palliative care can be provided at any stage of a severe illness or chronic condition. Palliative care is focused on improving the patient’s quality of life and managing their symptoms rather than treating the underlying disease.
The duration of palliative care will depend on the patient’s needs and care goals. Some patients may receive palliative care for a few weeks or months, while others may receive consideration for several years. Palliative care aims to provide ongoing support and symptom management to help patients maintain their quality of life, regardless of their underlying condition or life expectancy.
It is important to note that while palliative care can be provided alongside curative treatments, it is not intended to cure the patient’s underlying condition. Instead, palliative care is focused on relieving symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue, and shortness of breath and addressing emotional, social, and spiritual needs.