World Hospice and Palliative Care Day was recognized on October 9th as a way to bring attention to the important role end-of-life care plays in an individual’s comfort during the final stages of his or her life.
Hospice care saw its first iteration in 1967, created by Cicely Saunders in England as an effort to establish end-of-life-care practices. Her philosophies spread overseas to the United States, where similar practices were implemented.
In 1987, Dr. Declan Walsh established the first hospital-based palliative care center in Cleveland at the Cleveland Center. When Medicare authorized formal hospice care in the 1990s, providers across the nation began to make larger strides in the field of palliative care. World Hospice and Palliative Card Day was established in 2005, and has been celebrated across America in the nearly two decades since.
On World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, we at Pacifica Senior Living take a moment to celebrate our hospice and palliative caregivers. Palliative caregivers go above and beyond to help their residents feel comfortable and at-ease during their stay in hospice, creating a soothing transition for those living with terminal illness.
We invite families to learn more about our hospice and palliative care options by chatting with us below. When our communities are not able to provide palliative care, we are happy to help families make arrangements with nearby providers. We believe all individuals deserve access to quality palliative care, as it serves a vital role in a person’s life as they approach its final stages.
To learn more about hospice and palliative care, please chat with us below. We look forward to serving you!