Geriatrics and Extended Care
Palliative Care and Hospice CareExpand Content (accessible version)
What is Hospice and Palliative Care?
Palliative Care uses comfort care with a focus on relieving suffering and controlling symptoms so that you can carry out day-to-day activities, and continue to do what is most important to you. Palliative care aims to improve your quality of life – in your mind, body and spirit.
Palliative Care can be combined with treatment that is aimed at curing or controlling your illness. It can be started at the time of your diagnosis, and may be provided throughout the course of the illness.
Hospice Care is comfort care provided to you and your family if you have terminal condition, with less than 6 months to live, and are no longer seeking treatment other than palliative care. Hospice Care can be provided at home, in an outpatient clinic or in an inpatient setting.