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.
Hospice palliative care neither hastens nor postpones death.
Seeking 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.
Generally, people must have a diagnosis of having 6 or fewer months to live to be eligible for hospice palliative care services. In reality, it is difficult to make those estimates. That is why there is a growing trend to provide both hospice and curative care together and to offer certain aspects of hospice palliative care, such as advanced care planning and psychological and spiritual support to anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.
Hospice palliative care is for the person. It is also for family members and friends, helping them care for their loved one and for themselves during times of grief.
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
You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die. – Dame Cicely Saunders