Hospice Palliative Care
ONE OF THE BEST WAYS to spread an important message is through your social circles, your own sphere of influence. National Hospice Palliative Care Week’s official theme for 2015 is The Power of 10: Let’s talk about Hospice Palliative Care. We urge you to talk with 10 people — friends, family, acquaintances — about the importance of quality hospice palliative care in Canada. Our hope is that this critical message will be spread exponentially, like ripples in a pond, by each of your contacts — whether face-to-face, e-mail, or social media — use the information below as a conversation starter.
Hospice Palliative Care: Living Well Until End of Life
WHAT IS HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE?
Hospice palliative care aims to relieve suffering, while improving the quality of living and dying.
DOES RECEIVING HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE MEAN THAT DEATH IS COMING SOON?
Hospice palliative care is not just for the final days or months of life. It’s care that should begin when a life-threatening condition is diagnosed so that individuals and their families are supported as they manage the often complicated journey at the end of life.
WHAT DOES INTEGRATED HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE MEAN?
An integrated palliative approach to care is one that focuses on an individual’s need at any given point in time. It can be provided in a hospital, residential hospice, at home, in long-term care homes or in another community setting. Personal values, wishes and desires can be considered. Advance Care Planning (www.advancecareplanning.ca), a discussion about individual plans at the end of life, is an important part of an integrated approach to care.
HOW IS HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE DIFFERENT FROM THE HEALTH CARE I AM RECEIVING NOW?
Hospice palliative care professionals work with the health team you already have, and together they focus on lessening the burdens of suffering, loneliness, and grief for those living with chronic and life-limiting illnesses.
DOES HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE APPLY TO FAMILIES?
Hospice palliative care supports families as they navigate the difficulties that can arise when a loved one is struggling with a life-limiting illness. Through hospice palliative care, families can gain a better understanding of a loved one’s wishes, which can ease the way when there are difficult decisions to make.
WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE MAKE?
Hospice palliative care manages pain and symptoms, and thanks to the important conversations and planning that hospice palliative care encourages, patients can make informed decisions about their own care, ensure that their families understand their goals, and have a better quality of life.
If you would like more information about hospice palliative care services in your area, or help in starting a conversation about hospice palliative care with a loved one, please visit www.chpca.net/week. The website for the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association offers valuable resources and links.