End of Life Care

Overview

According to the National Institute on Aging, end of life care is the support and medical care given to a person during the time surrounding his or her death. This care, which may involve palliative and hospice care, may last only days, when illness comes on suddenly, or it can extend for months or longer for those with chronic illnesses.

The goal of end of life care is to ease pain, provide emotional and spiritual comfort, plan for advanced care, and improve a person’s overall quality of life.

Basics