Hospice Palliative Care definition
Patient and family centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involeves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional,, social, and spiritual needs and to facilitate patient autonomy, access to information, and choice.
– National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
The Hospice Approach
An approach that supports the long-term objective of creating personalized experience with each patient and family at the end of life, wit a particular focus on opportunities to find meaning, growth, and quality end of life and relationship experiences in the midst of difficult transitions.
Promoting quality of life and relationships, as well as death with dignity, hospice assists the patient and family to live each day as fully as possible for their remaining time together.