Palliative care is a medical specialty that complements the other care patients receive during a life-threatening illness. The goal of palliative care is simple: Allow the patient to live their life to the fullest during treatment.\nAt UPMC, the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute is the hub for clinical services in palliative care. Its mission is to provide high-quality, coordinated care for patients with serious illnesses. Services are available in the hospital, via outpatient clinics, in skilled nursing facilities, and at home.\nNovember is Hospice and Palliative Care Month\nPalliative care addresses:\n\u2022 Quality of life, however, that may be defined by the patient\n\u2022 Management of suffering and symptoms, such as pain, anxiety, and family coping\n\u2022 Decisions about how care is provided\nAdditionally, the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute provides access to consistent education, training and technical assistance for health care professionals who care for people with serious illnesses.\nThe Difference Between Palliative and Hospice Care\nHospice care falls under the umbrella of palliative care.\nHospice care is a specific set of services that support a patient at the end of his or her illness. Hospice also provides support for family and caregivers of the patients. It can be provided at home, in nursing facilities, and in the hospital.\nHospice addresses:\n\u2022 The issues, decisions, and symptoms that come with the end-of-life process\n\u2022 The patient\u2019s and family\u2019s ability to cope with this process\n\u2022 Comfort, dignity, and quality of life\n\u2022 Bereavement needs for family members\nPalliative Care at UPMC\nSix UPMC hospice programs serve patients and caregivers, according to geographic region:\n\u2022 Family Hospice and Palliative Care\n\u2022 Fayette Homecare and Hospice\n\u2022 Great Lakes Home Healthcare and Hospice\n\u2022 Home Nursing Agency\n\u2022 Jameson Hospice\n\u2022 Visiting Nurses Association of Venango County\nAdditionally, Family Hospice and Palliative Care has two inpatient hospice centers in Lawrenceville and Mt. Lebanon for short-term management of symptoms associated with life-limiting illness that cannot be managed successfully in another setting.\nFor more information on how hospice and palliative care may benefit your own family, call the UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute at 412-864-2897 or toll-free at 1-855-565-7146.