What is Hospice Palliative Care?

Hospice palliative care is aimed at relieving suffering and improving the quality of life for persons who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness or are bereaved.

Palliative care is a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with a life-limiting illness that is usually at an advanced stage. The goal of palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness as well as the best quality of life for both this person and his or her family. A “family” is whoever the person says his or her family is. It may include relatives, partners and friends.

An important objective of palliative care is relief of pain and other symptoms. Palliative care meets not only physical needs, but also psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and family. Palliative care may be the main focus of care when a cure for the illness is no longer possible. Palliative care services help people in later life who are ill to live out their remaining time in comfort and dignity.

Quality hospice palliative care neither hastens death or prolongs life. The goal of  hospice palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness.

Palliative care services are helpful not only when a person is approaching death but also during the earlier stages of an illness. Palliative care may be combined with other treatments aimed at reducing or curing the illness, such as chemotherapy. Families also benefit from support when their loved one is dying and after his or her death.

Watch Dr. Balfour Mount, the physician that founded palliative in Canada and created the term “palliative care” speak about Dying a Good Death.

The information presented and views expressed in this video represent the views of the interviewees, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario

A provincial healthcare association, comprised of unduly compassionate people.

Welcome! Thanks for landing on our blog. Our purpose is to unpack what hospice palliative care is all about. We hope you continue along with us as we journey through life together.

A little bit about us…

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is a provincial association of hospices and palliative care providers, professionals, and volunteers throughout Ontario. We envision a future where every person and family in the province of Ontario can quickly and easily access the finest standard of hospice palliative care when required.

Our Purpose: We strive for a future where every person in Ontario has access to quality hospice palliative care.

Our Vision is to be the unified voice of collaborative, quality hospice palliative care in Ontario

Our Mission is to provide leadership on behalf of our members by informing policy and promoting awareness, education, knowledge transfer and best practices in the pursuit of quality hospice palliative care in Ontario.

Our Core Values:

Courage: We make the best decisions not just the popular ones. We dare to go down new roads and challenge accepted wisdom. We place clear expectations on one another and promote change.

Integrity: We are professional and honest in our relationships. We honor our commitments. We hold ourselves accountable.

Respect: We value the diversity of our members and stakeholders, their opinions, experience, and contributions.

What We Do

  • Encourage, develop, support, and provide leadership and guidance in the field of, hospice palliative care in Ontario
  • Promote the development and/or expansion of hospice palliative care services in Ontario
  • Promote research in the field of hospice palliative care
  • Promote education pertaining to hospice palliative care services for health professionals, volunteers and the general public

Disclaimer for HPCO

All the information on this blog is published with good intent and for general information purpose only. HPCO does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information.

If you would like more information on hospice palliative care please visit www.hpco.ca

A look inside…

It is not the length of life, but depth of life.

— Ralph waldo emerson.

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