Palliative Care is an approach to care that strives to improve the quality of life of patients and their families living with the challenges associated with life-threatening illness. Palliative care regards dying as a natural process and care intends to neither hasten nor postpone death.
Through palliative care, physical, emotional, spiritual and practical challenges are addressed and supported along with people’s associated expectations, needs, fears and hopes. Palliative care can be offered wherever needed: in homes, hospitals, hospices, residential care facilities or treatment centres. It may be offered from the time of diagnosis and throughout the journey of illness, including support following a death. The members of each person’s care team may include specially trained doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors, support staff, volunteers, therapists and others. The members on the team might change as the needs of the person and their family change, to ensure that the right care is provided at the right time and in the right place.