What is Palliative and End of Life Care?

Palliative care is for people living with a terminal illness where a cure is no longer possible. It's also for people who have a complex illness and need their symptoms controlled. Although these peole usually have an advanced condition, this isn't always the case.

Palliative care aims to treat or manage pain and other physical symptoms. It will also help with any psychological, social or spiritual needs. Palliative care includes caring for people who are near the end of life.

The goal of palliative care is to help the patient and everyone affected by their illness to achieve the best quality of life.

End of Life care is an important part of palliative care for people who are nearing the end of their life. It's for people who are considered to be in the last year of their life, but this timeframe can be difficult to predict.

End of Life care aims to help people live as well as possible and to die with dignity. It also refers to care during this time and continues for as long as someone needs it.

Marie Curie provide care and support for people living with terminal illness and their families.

Download a Marie Curie leaflet leaflet on Palliative and End of Life care here

Useful links:

The National Council for Palliative Care

St Luke's Hospice

St Francis Hospice

Havens Hospices

NHS Choices: End of Life care

Marie Curie