Hospice Palliative Care

Hospice palliative care is a support system that strives to improve the quality of life of people and their families/caregivers facing the problems associated with life-threatening illnesses.

Hospice palliative care:

  • is applicable early in the course of an illness to help seriously ill people and their families/caregivers cope with all the initial challenges facing them
  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • intends neither to hasten or postpone death
  • integrates the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of care
  • offers a support system to help the family/caregivers cope during the person’s illness and in their own bereavement
  • uses a team approach to address the specific needs of the seriously-ill and their families/caregivers, including respite care and bereavement counselling, if indicated
  • will enhance the quality of life and may also positively influence the course of the illness