The Hospice Advantage
Hospice palliative care is provided to people who are facing the end of their life, and whose care is not aimed at curing disease but at maintaining or improving the quality of life of someone who is dying. The terminally ill may choose the nature of the care they will receive and determine when and where it will be administered.
Death is not a disease. The process of dying is not a clinical process. Each person faces death in his or her own way. Having the power of choice about medical treatment, about the place where care is given, about practical, emotional and spiritual services, is essential. Retaining choice preserves dignity and prevents loneliness from the daily business of living…and dying.
Practitioners of palliative care know the fundamental difference between a typical patient and a terminally ill person. They can provide alleviation of physical symptoms and psychological suffering.