Definitions

PALLIATIVE CARE

Palliative care is an approach to treating serious illness that focuses on all the needs of the patient.  Attention is given to physical and spiritual needs. The goal is to achieve the best quality of life possible while relieving suffering.

HOSPICE CARE

Hospice care is a type of palliative care. Hospice care may be provided in the home or in an institutional setting and is for persons with weeks or months to live. It includes palliative and support services so that the patient may live as fully and with as much comfort as possible.

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING

Advance care planning is a process of planning for future medical care in case you are unable to make your own decisions.

END OF LIFE CARE

End of life care is provided to patients whose death is near. The focus is on providing comfort and quality of life.

DEMENTIA

Dementia is not a single disease: it is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. It affects memory, thinking, language, judgment and behavior. There is a progressive loss of function and independence. Dementia is a terminal illness.