What is hospice or palliative care?

Sally And Doreen

Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern UK hospice movement

The hospice movement has earned admiration, endorsement and devoted support for its work with people who face the end of life – and with those who love them. Hospices have enriched the lives of well over 250,000 people in the last year alone. There are 220 adult hospices in the UK. (Source: Help The Hospices Directory 2006)

By controlling pain and other symptoms, hospice care, also known as palliative care, enables patients to achieve the best possible quality of life. Nearly half of all people admitted to a hospice return home again and the average length of stay is just 13 days. (Source: Hospice Information, 2007)

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