Hospice palliative care means providing opportunities for individuals and families to uniquely address practical, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs while preparing for the individual’s death.

Residential hospices provide a home-like setting for individuals who are living with and dying from end-stage illnesses who require holistic care, regular symptom assessment, and treatment and care plans. Hospices also help individuals and families cope with grief and loss during the illness and after the individual’s death. Hospice care is safe, high quality, patient-centered, and cost effective.

Palliative care, aimed at relieving physical suffering and providing comfort and quality of life, can be delivered in a dedicated section of a health care facility, in an individual’s home, or at a hospice.

To learn more about the history of hospice palliative care in Canada, visit the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.