Palliative care supports the best quality of life for individuals and their families who are facing life-limiting or end-of-life issues.

  • What are the benefits of palliative care?

    Those enrolled in palliative care have fewer symptoms, greater emotional support, and increased individual and family satisfaction.

  • How does palliative care differ from other types of care?

    Palliative care can be provided alongside other treatment and care. It is meant to enhance care by focusing on quality of life.

  • Is there a cost associated with palliative care?

    There are a number of services and supports offered by the province and health authority. Depending on care needs, some supports may have a cost. For example Hospice has a daily rate.

    BC Palliative Care Benefits Program offers funding for some medications, medical supplies and basic equipment for end-of-life care. If you have concerns about associated costs, you can speak with a community health nurse for more detailed information.

  • Where can I receive palliative care?

    Services can be provided at home, in hospital, at a long-term care facility or in hospice. It can include grief and bereavement support, some equipment and supplies in the home and access to hospice or palliative complex care unit as appropriate.

    Palliative care can support caregivers to deliver end-of-life care for a home death.

  • What is hospice? How will I know if I need to go?

    Hospices are care locations specializing in quality end-of-life care for individuals in their last three to six months of life.

    Whether hospice is the location chosen for end-of-life care depends on a person’s wishes, their care needs and if they can be managed in hospice.

  • Should advance care planning be part of my palliative care journey?

    Advance care planning is personal planning for your health care. It can be done at any age or stage of your life and health care journey and helps prepare others if you are unable to speak for yourself. If you or someone you know has a serious illness, tips on how to talk with your loved ones, caregivers or health care team are available here: Who should I talk to and what should we talk about.

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