What is palliative care?
According to the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association;
"Palliative care is the combination of active and compassionate therapies intended to comfort and support individuals and families who are living with, or dying from a progressive life-threatening illness, or are bereaved."
Palliative care is not merely for the last few hours or days of life, it is a philosophy about living well along the way. Palliative care is about Comfort and Support.
Some examples of patients who will benefit from the palliative care program include those living with:
- terminal cancer
- congestive heart failure
- lung disease
- renal failure
Families experiencing grief and loss of a loved one will also benefit from the program.
Palliative Care Program is to provide quality, seamless palliative care for patients and their families.To meet this goal the program focuses on five main components:
- Patient-centred care - We work closely with the patient to meet individual needs.
- Family support - The family/caregivers are an essential part of the care plan.
- Advanced planning - Everyone needs to plan ahead, to reflect on choices. For example, "Where do I want to die?", "Who can speak for me if I am unable to speak for myself?"
- Interdisciplinary care - A team of doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals provide comprehensive, compassionate care for palliative patients and their families. Care is based on best-practice guidelines supported by provincial and national standards.
- Local community partners - To meet the Palliative Care Program goal we work closely with the following community-based organizations:
- Home and Community SELHIN (CCAC) 310-2222
- Hospice Prince Edward (HPE) 613-645-4040
- Prince Edward County Community Care for Seniors
- Quinte Healthcare Corporation/Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital
By working together, the Palliative Care Team:
- Aims to care for the body, mind and spirit
- Provides seamless transition through the health care system
- Offers a choice of settings for final days
- Supports those grieving the loss of a loved one
How to make contact with the Palliative Care Program
Heather Campbell, RN
Palliative Care Coordinator at 613-438-2450
Helpful information about Palliative Care:
Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)
For a free copy of "A Caregiver's Guide", a handbook about end-of life care published by the CHPCA. Call Hospice Prince Edward at: 613-645-4040