Busting The Myths About Hospice Palliative Care #3


MYTH: I can only get palliative care in a hospital

FACT: Palliative care services are offered in many places, including hospitals,
long term care facilities, and hospices and in your own home.

Some supporting statistics:

  • When asked, most people have indicated that they would prefer to die at home in the presence of loved ones[iv], yet almost 70% of Canadian deaths occur in a hospital.[v]
  • Ontario found that between 20 and 50% of people on waiting lists for residential long-term care could age safely and cost-effectively at home if some basic services were accessible. And hospice palliative care services and treatment can lead to better outcomes, such as improvement of symptoms and reduced caregiver burden, while reducing costs.[vi]

[iv] Canadian Institute for Health Information. (2007). Health Care Use at the End of Life in Western
Canada. Ottawa: CIHI. p. 22.
[v] Statistics Canada. Table 102-0509 – Deaths in hospital and elsewhere, Canada, provinces and territories,
annual, CANSIM (database).
http://cansim2.statcan.gc.ca/cgi-win/cnsmcgi.pgm (accessed: March 18, 2010)
[vi] Jean Bacon (2012). The Palliative Approach: Improving Care for Canadians with Life-limiting Illnesses. Canadian Hospice
Palliative Care Association. P. 10.