To increase access to palliative care services.
Per the Center to Advance Palliative Care, “Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It is focused on providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.” Increasing access to palliative care programs for persons with serious illnesses and those at end of life can help ensure care and end-of-life planning needs are understood, addressed and met prior to decisions to seek further aggressive care or enter hospice. This can assist with ensuring pain and other comfort issues are managed and further health changes can be planned.
Individuals with serious illness or at the end of life.