Palliative Care is composed of services provided to those in the end stages of their life either from old age or serious illness. Palliative care services can be provided in a hospital, nursing home, shelter, hospice or at home.
The goal of palliative care is to ease the end of life transition, reduce pain, provide medical supports and prepare the client and family/friends for their death. Palliative care is often 24-hours in a facility, although home-based palliative care often includes visiting nurses and additional support provided by friends or family members. Palliative care is designed to help the terminally ill can spend their last days with dignity and with lessened suffering.