What is the Difference Between Home Health & Hospice Care?

VITAS is the leading provider of hospice care services — end-of-life care brought to each patient wherever they call home. We often get asked how hospice services compare to home health.

What's the Difference?


Hospice care is comfort care for patients with a prognosis of six months or less if their disease runs its natural course, as certified by a physician.

Home Health

Home health care provides services that are brought to patients who require intermittent skilled nursing care, physical therapy, speech-language pathology services or continued occupational services, as prescribed by their doctor. The patient's progress must be documented.

If the patient is eligible to receive Medicare benefits and you're unsure about the kind of care they need, learn more about the differences between hospice services and home healthcare below.

A graphic describing hospice and home health

Call VITAS to learn more about hospice and palliative care options.