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Hospice palliative care

Hospice palliative care provides comfort and quality of life care for people living with life-limiting illness and their families. The focus is on comfort care, such as pain control, rather than care aimed at curing illness. This service is one of the many Home and Community Care services available.

We work in partnership with you, your family and caregivers to meet your physical, emotional, social and spiritual care needs. While you are in our care, your personal, cultural and faith values will be respected at all times, as well as your beliefs and practices.

Where is hospice palliative care provided?

The type of hospice palliative care services you receive depends on your needs and the stage of your illness. It can be provided wherever you are: in your home, in the hospital, in hospice or in a residential care home.

Palliative care in your home

People often wish to spend as much time as possible at home, which may include remaining at home until death. If this is what you want, we will work with you, your family and your doctor to make the necessary arrangements to provide your end of life care at home.

It is important to think about advance care planning - informing people of your health care wishes - as you move towards the end of your life. Helpful resources include the BC Ministry of Health Services End of Life website and BC Hospice Palliative Care Association website.

Palliative care in the hospital

Hospice palliative care is provided in any unit of the hospital, and in palliative care units. These units care for patients with complex symptom management or other distressing problems. Anywhere in the hospital, your medical care team can work with hospice palliative care professionals to address your comfort and help plan your care.

Talk to hospital staff if you have any questions. If you use our services in your home and think you may need to go into the hospital, contact your health care team.

Palliative care in hospice

If you are in the last few months of your life and feel that you are no longer able to manage at home, hospice may be a good option for you. Hospices are meant to feel more like a home than a hospital. They are designed and furnished to provide a peaceful, home-like environment for you and your family.

In hospice, you will have your own room where you can bring some of your small personal items. Your family and friends can visit as much or as little as you wish. Nurses and care aides are always around and other members of the team are available as needed, including spiritual care. See facilities listed at the end of this page.

Palliative care in residential care

If you live in residential care, our services help you remain at the facility as your illness progresses. If you are approaching end-of-life, hospice palliative care professionals may meet with you and work with the residential care staff to control pain and other symptoms. Talk to residential care staff if you have any questions.

Our philosophy of palliative care

Watch this video to learn about the philosophy of palliative care. See below for links to the video translated into Cantonese and Punjabi.
 

Access and costs for hospice palliative care

Visit the How to access services page and Costs page for home and community care services.

Hospice palliative care services in our directory

Search our directory for hospice palliative care services in your community. The following hospices also provide video tours of their facilities in English, Cantonese and Punjabi:

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