Questions and Answers
What is Hospice?
Hospice is a philosophy of special compassionate care that reaches beyond the traditional spectrum of treatments for disease or disorders. It is a positive option for those who are nearing the end of life, when curative measures and treatments are no longer viable, or desired. Hospice is a way to maximize one’s quality of life, up to the last moment. It aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying by helping people with life-limiting and terminal illnesses live as comfortably and fully as possible.
How do I receive Hospice Care?
The decision about when to start hospice palliative care is made by the person and family in consultation with the care team.
In addition to the palliative care services provided by your health authority you can ask to receive Elk Valley Hospice Services. Elk Valley Hospice Services are free of charge.
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What does Hospice palliative care do?
Hospice palliative care strives to help patients and families:
- address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues as well as their expectations, needs, hopes and fears
- prepare for and manage the dying process
- cope with loss and grief during illness and beareavement