Palliative Care aims to meet the physical, psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and family.
The goal of palliative care services is to help people who are ill to live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity.
What is end of life care?
It’s an important part of palliative care. It’s for people who are thought to be in the last year of life, but this time frame can be difficult to predict. Some people might only receive end of life care in their last weeks or days.
Is palliative care just for people with cancer?
No. Palliative care can be provided for any individual with a life-limiting illness. Examples include: end-stage heart, kidney, lung, and liver disease or a progressive neurological condition such as ALS.
Is palliative care just for the elderly?
No. Palliative Care supports individuals of any age 19 years and older facing a life-limiting prognosis.
Does palliative care mean a person has given up?
No. Palliative care can be provided at any point in a life-limiting illness. Some people receive palliative care for years, while others will receive End-of-life care in their last weeks or days.
Aren’t people supposed to die in a hospital?
It is very common for people to die outside of a hospital. There is a myth or idea that once a person has received a life-limiting diagnosis that they die suddenly or remain in the hospital. The reality is that most individuals are most comfortable outside of a clinical environment.
Palliative care takes place in a range of settings including in a home, a hospital, a care home or a community hospice setting.
How do I get palliative or end of life care in the Central Okanagan?
Speak to your physician or another healthcare professional about how palliative or end of life care might help and how it can be accessed. You can also call the Hospice House and ask to speak to the Clinical Nurse Coordinator for more information. Support is also available for family members and loved ones of individuals who are ill.