Caring for others is a commitment people make out of a sense of duty while others may view it as a privilege. There are burdens that come along with caring for others, whether it’s a physical toll or an emotional strain. Whether you are a caregiver by trade or a special person caring for a loved one, the world needs you.
The history of hospice and palliative care began with a focus on care of the sick and dying. It is believed that the concept of hospice was first embraced by the Roman Catholic tradition during the Crusades over a thousand years ago. The modern idea of hospice and end-of-life care is credited to a British physician, Dame Cicely Saunders. Dr. Saunders worked with terminally-ill patients and developed specialized care for the dying, which concentrated on palliative care rather than the invasion of attempting to implement cure. The benefits were the patients’ appearance and overall well-being. In 1967, the idea of offering support and empowerment to her patients was manifested when the first modern hospice for the terminally-ill, St. Christopher’s Hospice, opened in the United Kingdom.
Others were noticing the benefits of palliative and hospice care. Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the author of ‘On Death and Dying’ was a monumental advocate for those seeking the rights to die with dignity. Her work emphasized the value of home care treatment over institutionalized settings. It is only in very recent history that palliative and hospice care were more actively funded and supported by governments.
What is the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice?
Palliative care is usually considered by the physician and patient at any stage of illness, whether it is terminal or not. Palliative Care focuses on the comfort of the patient by managing pain and symptoms. There is also further emotional and spiritual support for the patient, family, and caregivers. Hospice Care tends to begin after the treatment in completed and allows the disease to follow its natural course. Both streams of care treasure the importance of dignity, empowerment and comfort.
Where is Palliative and Hospice Care Offered?
Palliative and hospice care can be offered in hospitals, long-term care facilities, or at home. In Ontario, LHINs
work alongside patients and families to help plan, integrate and fund local health care, while improving access and patient experience.
What is a Funeral Home’s Role with Palliative and Hospice Care?
Basic Funerals is honoured to work alongside caregivers by extending the dignity, integrity, and empowerment throughout the arrangement process
, either in a pre-planned or at-need capacity. It is our mission to continue the work of the care workers that pioneered before us by continuing to advocate for those in need and by moving forward with a process that feels comfortable for all.