So, your doctor has recommended Hospice Care, but you are not ready for Hospice Care.

We can help: We at Affinity Home Health Care can ease the burden of having to make that decision right away.

If your Physician recommends Hospice, then ask if you can start with Home Health Care which can give you time to adjust to the devastating decision of “What do I do?”

We can offer “supportive care” and is paid for under your home health benefits. Our supportive care will address any and all symptoms, physical, emotional, financial, psychological, and more, that cause suffering for a person with serious illness.

This supportive care is not the same thing as end-of-life or hospice care, which is a specific type of palliative care that typically starts only when someone has six months or less to live.

Supportive is whole-person care that relieves symptoms of a disease or disorder, whether it can be cured or not. Which may include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech therapy, Medical Social Services, Skilled Nursing, Home Health Aide and other services as needed.

Hospice is a specific type of palliative care for people who likely have 6 months or less to live. In other words, hospice care is always be palliative, but not all supportive/palliative care is hospice care. 


Supportive care is for you if your quality of life is impacted by your illness or treatments to cure or manage it. Supportive can be given simultaneously alongside with curative or targeted medical care so you can still receive it while undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer.

Supportive is for you if you’ve had multiple hospital visits or hospitalizations in the last year or if you’ve survived a serious illness but have been left with pain or other side effects or symptoms.

Are you living with the following?

·        Pain

·        Shortness of Breath

·        Fatigue

·        Constipation

·        Nausea

·        Loss of appetite

·        Difficulty sleeping

·        Anxiety, Depression

Who Would Benefit from In-Home Services?

Anyone with one or more of the following would benefit from in-home services:

  • An acute and/or chronic health condition(s)

  • A new diagnosis

  • Concerns regarding medications

  • Functional and/or cognitive decline

  • Frequent hospitalizations and ER visits

  • Pain and symptom control issues

  • Frequent falls or fear of falling

  • Home safety issues

  • Mobility or endurance concerns

  • Terminal care

The Supportive care service is home health based and different from hospice. You may continue to receive treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation, while also working with the supportive care team. If you do not respond to treatment designed to cure your condition or send it into remission, our team will assist you, your family members and physician with the transition to hospice if desired.

You are not the only one affected by your illness. Your family members also may need support. Benefits of palliative care for family members include:

  • Improved family and patient satisfaction

  • Better coping

  • Less conflict and emotional distress

  • Less depression

  • Less post-traumatic stress symptoms