Within the community, there is much confusion regarding the terminology surrounding end of life. The following internationally recognised definition has been adopted by The Northern Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation.
End of life care is care that:
Helps all those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It enables the supportive and palliative care needs of both patient and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.