Hospice and palliative care are concepts of care and are holistic approaches which address the mind, body and spiritual needs of individuals and their family.

They are designed to provide sensitivity and support for those experiencing a life-threatening illness.

Goals of care are to reduce suffering and to enhance the comfort and quality of life of individuals and their families. Hospice care is often referred to as palliative care or hospice palliative care. These terms all mean the same approach to care.