WHAT IS PALLIATIVE CARE?
“Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care addresses physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs throughout the continuum of illness.
“Palliative care is provided and services are coordinated by an interdisciplinary team and are available concurrently with, or independent of, curative or life-prolonging care. Care is patient centered and family engaged, always respecting and partnering with patients and families. Patient and family desires for peace and dignity are supported throughout the course of illness, during the dying process, and after death.” (National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, 2013)