What exactly is palliative care?

Categories: Care.

But so does the way we die.

In this inaugural column as the CEO of Carpenter Hospice, I’d like to share a few thoughts about the importance of access to quality, palliative care when faced with a life-limiting illness.

Not everyone understands the definition of palliative care so I have borrowed from the World Health Organization (WHO) which provides the following definition.

“Palliative care is an approach which improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illness, through the prevention, assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems.”

The bottom line is that palliative care is actually more about living than it is dying.

Palliative care enhances quality of life. It affirms life and regards dying as a normal process.

It’s a holistic team approach that offers a support system to help people live as actively as possible until death and also recognizes the unique needs of families who must learn to cope during their loved one’s illness.

Carpenter Hospice opened its doors in May of 2002 with the generous support of many community organizations, businesses and individuals that believed in the importance of end-of-life care and services.

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