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Hospice palliative care provides medical treatment to relieve symptoms at the end of life. The goal is to keep you comfortable, not to try to cure you. Hospice palliative care does not speed up or lengthen dying. It focuses on easing pain and other symptoms. Hospice palliative caregivers want to enhance your quality of life.
Hospice palliative care also offers emotional help and spiritual support when you are dying. It also helps family members care for a loved one who is dying.
Hospice palliative care can help you review your life, say important things to family and friends, and explore spiritual issues. Hospice palliative care also helps your family and friends deal with their grief after you die.
The hospice palliative care team may include nurses, counsellors, therapists, social workers, pastors, home health aides, and trained volunteers. You may get care in your own home, a hospital, in an assisted living or residential care facility, or a hospice or palliative care centre. They may provide advice to your doctor, provide ongoing care together with your doctor, or take over your care completely.
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Current as of: April 1, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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