"Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing life-threatening illnesses, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems; physical, psycho-social and spiritual."
- World Health Organisation - 2002
Palliative Care is applicable early in the course of illness in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life and it continues until the end of life. It provides a support system to help the family to cope during the patient's illness and during bereavement.
"You matter because you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die."
Dame Cicely Saunders - Founder of the Modern Day Hospice
Dame Cicely Mary Saunders (22 June 1918 – 14 July 2005) was a prominent Anglican nurse, social worker, physician and writer. She is best known for her role in the birth of the hospice movement, emphasizing the importance of palliative care in modern medicine. - Read more about her here...