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Understanding the Essentials of Palliative Care

To see someone dear to you face the end of life is always challenging. Figuring out health care options can feel confusing and overwhelming, and when you’re grappling with difficult choices and trying to maintain stability in your own life during a time of crisis, it can feel nearly impossible to find time to just sit down and breathe.

Compassionate Palliative Health Care at Home

In the late 1950s, Dr. Cicely Saunders decided to devote a significant portion of her practice toward individuals suffering from chronic and life-threatening diseases, based on careful observation of her patients. She advocated that only a specialized, interdisciplinary team could relieve the “total pain” of a patient. This team concept is still at the very core of Palliative care.