ABSTRACT

This chapter examines the manner in which palliative/hospice care fostered an understanding of the meaning of caring in the professional relationship and explores how professionals need to change their traditional views about caring. Palliative care developed and flourished because research demonstrated that dying individuals were not receiving the kind of care they needed or desire. Starting with the physical and progressing to the different levels of the motivation hierarchy, palliative care team members recognize and treat the whole person. In free standing or hospital based palliative care units, visiting hours are usually unlimited; children, grandchildren, babies, toddlers, and friends are welcomed; husbands and wives are allowed to spend the night together in private surroundings; pets are permitted in hospital rooms for a visit. Palliative care professionals ensure that they create an environment which induces, enhances, and facilitates quality of life.