Hospice Quinte: Changing Lives Podcast

What is Hospice Palliative Care?

March 14, 2022 Hospice Quinte
Hospice Quinte: Changing Lives Podcast
What is Hospice Palliative Care?
Show Notes Transcript

Hospice palliative care is made up of two parts – hospice care and palliative care.  Palliative, or comfort, care is appropriate for people of any age and at any stage of a serious illness.  Hospice care is generally for those who have twelve or fewer months to live and who are no longer receiving active curative treatment.  Hospice palliative care combines those two philosophies.  Hospice Quinte has been delivering quality hospice palliative care in our communities, at no charge, since 1985.  Learn more about this special kind of health care in this week's Changing Lives podcast.

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About Hospice Quinte
Hospice Quinte provides individuals, their families, and caregivers with compassionate end of life care, by attending to their physical, psychosocial, and practical needs, and offering empathetic care to those who are grieving through visiting hospice services and support groups.  All Hospice Quinte programs and services are provided by compassionate, well-trained volunteers and staff at no charge to the individual or their family.  

Hospice Quinte serves a population of over 102,000 in Quinte West, Belleville, Deseronto, Tyendinaga Township and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. To find out more visit HospiceQuinte.ca.

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Hospice palliative care isn’t something most people like to talk about – or may even know about.  Hospice Quinte provides hospice palliative care services and bereavement support to those living in Quinte West, Belleville, Tyendinaga Township, Deseronto and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.  Since 1985, Hospice Quinte has been changing the lives of the terminally ill, their families, and the bereaved for the better by offering support and companionship through visiting hospice services and support groups.  All Hospice Quinte services are provided at no charge by compassionate and well-trained volunteers and staff.            

Hospice palliative care is made up of two parts – hospice care and palliative care.  Palliative, or comfort, care is appropriate for people of any age and at any stage of a serious illness.  Hospice care is generally for those who have twelve or fewer months to live and who are no longer receiving active curative treatment.  Hospice palliative care combines those two philosophies.

The purpose of hospice palliative care is to provide comfort and dignity for the person living with the illness, as well as to provide the best quality of life for them and their family – which may include friends, relatives or partners. 

An important objective of hospice palliative care is the relief of pain and other symptoms the person might be experiencing. It not only meets physical needs, but also the psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of each person and their family. 

Most people who are approaching end-of-life are cared for by family members and friends. Dealing with the stress and challenges of caring for a terminally ill individual, on top of managing your own daily life, can be a tremendous undertaking that warrants some help. Hospice palliative care plays an important role by providing support through companionship and caregiver relief, and truly has an incredible impact on the lives of the individual and their family members. 

Quality hospice palliative care neither hastens death nor prolongs life. It may be the focus of care, for when a cure for the illness is no longer possible. Ultimately, hospice palliative care helps people experience their remaining time in comfort, dignity, and together as a family.   People can receive hospice palliative care in many different places, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospice residences and even in their own home.   

Hospice Quinte provides a volunteer visiting program to people who are in the terminal stage of a life limiting illness.  These volunteers visit with patients, providing respite to caregivers so they can attend to their own needs.  Our volunteers can provide up to four hours of service each week, to be scheduled as needed.  They provide social, emotional, and practical support to the patient, and their family, friends, and other caregivers.

Hospice Quinte Volunteers are thoroughly trained to understand and respect the dignity, independence, confidentiality, beliefs, choices, faith and culture of both patients and their families.  They go about their work quietly in our community – spending dedicated time with families and patients at bedside, during one of the most trying times in people’s lives – as either they, or a loved one, are preparing to die.

Caring for someone who is terminally ill is a demanding job – physically and emotionally.  Family and informal caregivers providing hospice palliative care at home are usually undertaking a wider range of tasks in an environment where they typically have less support from professional caregivers. 

In Canada, 99% of palliative care received at home is provided by family or friends, making informal caregivers an important part of the hospice palliative care team.[1]  Statistics show that it takes an average of 54 hours per week to care for a dying family member. This is why care for the caregiver is such a critical component of what Hospice Quinte provides, not only by giving them a break from their caregiving duties, but also to support them in their time of grief and bereavement.  

If you would like to know more about hospice palliative care, visit the Hospice Quinte website, where you will find many resources on all aspects of hospice palliative care, end of life issues, advance care planning, as well as grief and bereavement.  

Hospice Quinte provides individuals, their families, and caregivers with compassionate end of life care, by attending to their physical, psychosocial, and practical needs, and offering empathetic care to those who are grieving through visiting hospice services and support groups.  All Hospice Quinte programs and services are provided by compassionate, well-trained volunteers and staff at no charge to the individual or their family.  We serve a population of over 102,000 in Quinte West, Belleville, Deseronto, Tyendinaga Township and the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.