3. For the purposes of this Act, (1) “institution” means any institution governed by the Act respecting health services and social services (chapter S-4.2) that operates a local community service centre, a hospital centre or a residential and long-term care centre, as well as the Cree Board of Health and Social Services of James Bay established under the Act respecting health services and social services for Cree Native persons (chapter S-5);
(2) “palliative care hospice” means a community organization that holds an accreditation granted by the Minister under the second paragraph of section 457 of the Act respecting health services and social services and has entered into an agreement with an institution under section 108.3 of that Act in order to secure all or some of the care required by its users;
(3) “end-of-life care” means palliative care provided to end-of-life patients and medical aid in dying;
(4) “palliative care” means the total and active care delivered by an interdisciplinary team to patients suffering from a disease with reserved prognosis, in order to relieve their suffering, without delaying or hastening death, maintain the best quality of life possible and provide them and their close relations the support they need;
(5) “continuous palliative sedation” means care that is offered as part of palliative care and consists in administering medications or substances to an end-of-life patient to relieve their suffering by rendering them unconscious without interruption until death ensues; and
(6) “medical aid in dying” means care consisting in the administration by a physician of medications or substances to an end-of-life patient, at the patient’s request, in order to relieve their suffering by hastening death.