About the Prince George Hospice House

The term hospice palliative care refers to the physical, emotional, social and spiritual care aimed at providing comfort and improving “quality of life for those persons who are living with or dying from advanced illness”.

It is the combination of active and compassionate therapies intended to comfort and support individuals and families who are living with a life-threatening illness. During periods of illness, hospice palliative care may be combined with therapies aimed at reducing illness, or it may be the total focus of care.

Hospice palliative care is based on a commitment to the whole person.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choice

Many people with progressive life threatening illness give up their decision making power out of necessity. At Hospice, guests take back that power by choosing the nature of the care they will receive, where it will be given, when it will be administered and when it will be stopped.

Dignity

Loss of independence often leads to feelings of helplessness, dependence and loss of dignity. Hospice empowers the individual through choice. With information provided by health care professionals, guests decide the course of treatment, what and when they will eat, daily activities, etc.

Emotional Support

When a person has been diagnosed with a progressive life threatening illness they need support, understanding, information and control of their situation. Hospice staff and volunteers provide support.

Quality of Life

Palliative care provided to people who have advanced disease is aimed not at a cure but at improving the quality of their life. Hospice care is also there to make it possible for people who are dying to live fully until they die. Hospice is about living each day to the fullest while knowing and accepting reality.