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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. 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.

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 long-term 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. Learn more about Nancy Chan Ambulatory Palliative Care Clinic

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 long-term care

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

Our philosophy of palliative care

Watch this video to learn about the philosophy of palliative care. Video is also available in 广东话 Cantonese and ਪੰਜਾਬੀ Punjabi


Access hospice palliative care

Visit the how to access services page for more information.


You will be charged a daily rate for hospice care. If you are unable to afford this fee, your financial situation can be assessed to see if you qualify for a temporary rate reduction. There is no charge for most hospice palliative care services in your home such as nursing care and supplies, personal care, and equipment. 

The BC Palliative Care Benefits Program will cover the assessment for palliative care supplies, cost of medications essential for your comfort, as well as access to equipment. A doctor must refer you to the program.

Hospice palliative care near you

Scroll down for a list of our hospice palliative care services. Click on the listings for more details and photos.

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