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Palliative Care Services

What is Palliative Care:   

  • Enhance the quality of life of persons with a life threatening illness
  • To alleviate suffering from pain and other symptoms
  • Emotional and social support for patient and families facing life-threatening illness
  • Assistance with coordination of community and hospital resources
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    Palliative care is a team approach. Family Doctors, Palliative Care Doctors, Palliative care consult nurse, nurses, social worker, pastoral care, continuing care, OT, PT and volunteers are the team members.

    What we do:  

    • Active Support for all those persons and their families living with life threatening illness.
    • Strives to achieve the best possible quality of life, based on each person’s unique physical, psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual values and needs.
    • Encouragess involvement of the person and family in planning treatment and care.
    • Recognizes that pain management and the control of other physical symptoms are essential.

     We also have a wonderful society, The North of Smokey Palliative Care Hospice Society, that provides a number of services such as: 

    • Volunteer support – society will help financially when they can.
    •  Members are available to provide support and companionship when required.
    • Bereavement support
    • Continuing support is offered to family members during the bereavement period.
    • Some Home Health Care equipment is made available to palliative patient in the community at no charge.

    The Palliative Care service also has a responsibility to educate staff, community, families and all of those involved in the care of end of life.

    Referals from family physicians, nurses, medical specialists, continuing care, family or self-referrals are accepted.

    Palliative care is available at hospital and at home.

    Any questions please call Wanda Barron RN, Palliative Care Coordinator 336-2504.