Lexicon of Terms related to the Integrated Palliative Approach to Care

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Like all health care practices, hospice palliative care has its own language and terminology. This lexicon of terms is designed to help those interested in implementing the integrated palliative approach to care develop a common language and understanding.

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For citation: Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Lexicon, The Way Forward Initiative: An Integrated Palliative Approach to care, 2014.

Care

All interventions, treatments and assistance provided to the person and family to treat disease and enhance health and well-being.


Care Plan

See "Plan of Care"


Caregiver

Anyone who provides care.Formal caregiversare members of an organization and accountable to defined norms and professional standards of practice. They may be professionals, support workers, or volunteers. They are sometimes called “providers.”Family caregiversare not members of an organization. They are family members and other significant people (as identified by the care recipient) who provide unpaid care and assistance to individuals living with a debilitating physical, mental or cognitive condition. Family caregivers usually have no formal training. While they are expected to follow certain ethical norms, they are not accountable to professional standards or practice. 


Chronic Disease

Anyone who provides care.Formal caregiversare members of an organization and accountable to defined norms and professional standards of practice. They may be professionals, support workers, or volunteers. They are sometimes called “providers.”Family caregiversare not members of an organization. They are family members and other significant people (as identified by the care recipient) who provide unpaid care and assistance to individuals living with a debilitating physical, mental or cognitive condition. Family caregivers usually have no formal training. While they are expected to follow certain ethical norms, they are not accountable to professional standards or practice.