Palliative care is a philosophy and an approach to care. The aim is to improve the quality of life of persons and their families facing life-limiting illnesses through prevention and the relief of suffering. Palliative care focuses on the comfort and dignity of the sick person by means of early identification, assessment and treatment of symptoms.
The care team also addresses psychological, social and spiritual issues, as well as expectations, needs, hopes and fears on an individual basis.
Who do we serve?
This program is intended for people requiring special care when their life expectancy is limited due to a serious, progressive and incurable illness.
Although palliative care is often associated with cancer, people with other illnesses can also benefit, including:
- People with fatal chronic circulatory and respiratory diseases
- People with dementia or other neurological diseases
- People suffering from any other serious condition such as cardiac and breathing disorders, renal insufficiency and AIDS
How to access our services?
- An inpatient or a member of their family may ask for a visit from a member of the Palliative Care team.
- The Emergency Department or a care team member may refer a patient to the Palliative Care Program.