Hospice palliative care is a type of health care that provides physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical support to people living with progressive, life-threatening illness and their loved ones. Care teams include physicians, nurses, personal support workers, social workers, spiritual care providers, volunteers, friends and family. It can be provided at home, in hospitals, nursing homes or free-standing hospices. It is most effectively delivered by an interdisciplinary team of health care providers.
Hospice palliative care helps make a very difficult life passage both manageable and meaningful for people facing death as well as their loved ones.