Palliative care is a special type of care offered to patients who are at the end of their lives. The most common type of palliative care is Hospice. Hospice care takes place in a person’s home rather than in the hospital.
Hospice does not focus on treating the medical problem an individual suffers from. Instead, palliative care is given. This means that the hospice nurse is there to lend support to the patient and family and to manage the pain and other symptoms that are affecting the patient. The goal of the hospice nurse is to make the patient as comfortable as possible during their last days of life. There are many other professions involved with hospice to provide patients with the best care and concern at the end of their lives.