The terms hospice and palliative care are often used interchangeably to refer to a philosophy and approach to care at end-of-life. The emphasis is on comfort rather than cure.
People often think of end-of-life as about refusing consent to care or treatment; but it is also about giving consent to care or treatment. This may include giving consent to medication for pain or to ease respiration or other comfort measures such as a special mattress or type of residence/facility. These issues involve both health care and personal care matters.
A Medical Service
The health system has created services called hospice and palliative care. As a service, provided through the health system, there are criteria about eligibility and the type of care provided.
The service may be offered in a hospital (palliative care ward), in community (at home), or in a free-standing building called a hospice.
In BC, eligible patients may receive coverage for medications and other medical supplies and equipment. You must be registered for BC Palliative Care Benefits. Check with your family physician.