MYTH: Hospice palliative care is just for seniors
FACT: Hospice palliative care is provided to people of all ages – from
infancy to adulthood. As a matter of fact, Canada has six hospices
dedicated to pediatric palliative care. Adults in their prime also die,
and we need to ensure that them and their families are properly
supported and prepared for the end-of-life, no matter their age.
Some supporting statistics:
Pediatric palliative care programs in Canada care for a diverse
population of patients with a wide range of age and disease conditions.
Only a small percentage of children who die, however, receive services
from these dedicated programs.