What is Hospice Palliative Care?

“You matter because you are you. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”
- Dame Cicely Saunders, Founder of Modern Hospice Palliative Care Movement

To support and promote compassionate care for individuals and their loved ones who need palliative and end-of-life care.

What is Hospice Palliative Care?

Hospice Palliative Care is an approach to care that ensures quality of life for both the person and their family at every stage of a life-limiting illness from diagnosis onwards.  It is a holistic approach which focuses on the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and families. It provides support and care in the setting of the patient’s choice—be it at home, in hospital, in a palliative care unit, a hospice or in long-term care facilities.

A hospice provides care at end-of-life for those who, for various reasons, cannot be cared for at home, and who do not require acute care hospital services. In keeping with the hospice palliative care philosophy, it emphasizes comfort and dignity at end-of-life in a home-like setting.

Why is Palliative Care Important?

Each life journey through illness is unique and an integrated palliative care approach focuses on maintaining the best possible quality of life for both the patient and their family. It is with the generous commitment of community donors that the Society, working in collaboration with dedicated palliative care service and volunteers, is able to meet  many personal and immediate needs with comfort, compassion and care at a time when it is needed most.