Glossary of terms used about the end of life
Below we explain some words used in this information.
Advance statement or Preferred Priorities of Care (PPC): A written document that states what your wishes are for your care and treatment. This can include your preferred place of death and your preferred place of care.
End of life care: End of life care is part of palliative care and is for people who are nearing the end of their life. End of life care aims to help you live as comfortably as possible, by managing physical symptoms and getting emotional support for you and those around you.
Palliative care: Palliative care is for people living with a terminal illness. It is care designed to improve the quality of the person’s life and the lives of those who are close to them. You can receive palliative care at any stage in your illness. You can have palliative care alongside other therapies, treatments and medicines aimed at controlling your illness.
Thinking and planning ahead
Planning ahead allows you to think about how you want to be cared for in the future. Here, we explain what you can do to prepare for end of life, and things you might want to talk to your family, carer, or health care team about.
Advance care planning
Advance care planning is a way to tell others what’s important to you and how you would like to be cared for if you’re unable to tell them yourself. We explain what your advance care planning might include.