Kimberly Tyler, a registered nurse, explains the difference between Hospice and Palliative Care. A client is appropriate for hospice, if they have been given a terminal diagnosis that is going to result in death within the next 6 months.
Palliative care is an approach that focuses more on controlling symptoms related to a chronic illness, such as pain or emotional stress. With palliative care the disease does not have to be terminal. Again, palliative care is meant to help you control symptoms of a of a chronic disease that you may have for a long time, but not necessarily the die from in the next 6 months.