09 October 2021

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day - 09 October 2021.

On the second Saturday in October, World Hospice and Palliative Care Day promotes the goal of improving the quality of life for people affected by serious medical conditions. It is also a day to show support for hospice and palliative care around the world. This year the awareness day will be on Saturday 9th October.

Both hospice and palliative care have to do with a person’s end-of-life care. Pain and symptom relief are both involved in these types of care. However, there are some major differences between the two.

Hospice care is provided when a person has six months or less to live and is also called compassionate comfort care. The goal is to keep the patient as comfortable as possible as their life comes to an end. Patients can receive hospice care in the home, assisted living facility, or the hospital.

Palliative care is provided at any time during the patient’s diagnosis. In some instances, patients receive palliative care during curative treatment. In most cases, a hospital setting is the only place patients can receive palliative care.

The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) launched World Hospice and Palliative Care Day in 2005. The WHPCA desired to have a unified day of action to support hospice and palliative care around the world. The first event was held on October 8, 2005. 

The 2021 theme is – ‘Leave no one behind – equity in access to palliative care’

Source: https://ehospice.com

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