In Patient Palliative Care

Centurion Hospice has opened an 8-bedded in-patient unit. Patients may be admitted for the following reasons:

Pain and symptom control. This is a specialty of hospice care. The goal of palliative care is to improve the quality of life of every patient, and this is achieved by managing the sometimes distressing symptoms of the terminal illness. While the patient and family might have been told “there is nothing more we can do for you”, Hospice philosophy states emphatically that “there is always something we can do for you” to ease the pain and any distressing symptoms.  This care and support will improve the quality of your life, and ensure dignity is maintained despite failing health.

Family respite. This is to give the primary caregiver a much needed rest from 24/7 care of the patient at home.  Knowing that their loved one will be cared for in the peaceful haven of the IPU, the family caregiver can rest and regain the strength needed for on-going care.

Terminal care.When it comes to facing the terminal stage of life, there are patients who prefer to have a hospice admission. Family members are welcome to spend this very precious time with their loved one in the quiet calm of the hospice environment.