Palliative care is care for people of all ages with a life-limiting condition.
No matter who we are, no matter what our background, we all eventually face death and dying. Palliative and end of life care provides people with humane and dignified support and services as they face a life limiting condition. This care is essential.
Palliative care in New Zealand aims to:
- optimise an individual’s quality of life until death by addressing the person’s physical, psychosocial, spiritual and cultural needs
- support the individual’s family, whānau and other caregivers where needed into bereavement.