5 Things to Know about Palliative Care

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1. Focus on Quality of Life

Palliative care aims to relieve peoples' suffering and improve their quality of life.

2. Holistic

The goal of a palliative approach is to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of people with a life-altering illness and those who care for them.

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3. The earlier, the better

At the onset of a life-altering illness, a palliative approach can help to  manage symptoms, provide support and have goals of care conversations.


4. Team approach

Healthcare providers, family members and residents/patients all have a role in a palliative approach. Having a range of experiences and perspectives can lead to the best quality of care.


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5. Person-centered care

People can develop care plans that align with their values, wishes and beliefs. A palliative approach acknowledges and respects peoples' unique needs and meets them where they're at.


5 Things to Know about Palliative Care

Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life of people who have a life-limiting illness. You don't have to wait until the end of someone's life to start palliative care.

5 things to know about palliative care
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Ottawa, Ontario
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