ELDEX 2022 - What We Shared

What is Palliative Care? 

Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients and their family members by caring for the "whole-person". It seeks to support the patient throughout the treatment process.

How much does it cost? 

It varies according to the provider, the patient's condition, and the available subsidies. It may cost up to:

  • $250-$350 a month for inpatient care before subsidies, but $75-$310 after subsidies

  • $10-$15 a day for nursing homes/hospices

When is it required?

When you have a life-limiting illness (regardless of age) such as;

  • Advanced cancer

  • End-stage kidney, heart or neurological diseases

What are the benefits of Palliative Care?

Physical benefits: Drugs alleviate their symptoms so they can focus on emotional recovery. Psychosocial benefits: Patients require great amounts of comfort. Spiritual benefits: Palliative care provides them hope– through religious purpose, or art appreciation, for example.

Where can you get Palliative Care?

  • Via inpatient care - at the hospital or hospice, for patients with more complex needs.

  • Through daycare - for patients with busier schedules