Palliative and End of Life Care
Palliative care is care that helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness. The goal of palliative care is aimed at promoting comfort rather than cure. Palliative care can be provided where the person and their family want, where possible. This may include at home, in hospital, in a personal care home or long term care setting.
The palliative care team includes physicians, palliative care specialists, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, registered dietitians, physiotherapists and spiritual care leaders as well as others as needed. The team members will work with individuals and their family in the setting of one’s choice.
Care at Home
In the Western region, palliative and end of life care services are also available for clients in their home. Professional support is available by referral to the Community Support Program, for any person with a diagnosis of a terminal illness. Enhanced services are provided for End of Life clients: those who are within the last 4 weeks of life.
Services available in the last weeks of life:
- Home nursing visits.
- Home support.
- Medical equipment and supplies.
- Social work counseling.
- Medication for symptom management.
Hospital Based Palliative Care
When the care needs of the client are no longer able to be met at home, individuals may choose to be admitted to hospital. There are palliative care beds available throughout the Western region to support patients being close to family and loved ones.
Western Memorial Regional Hospital has an 8 bed unit; Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital has four palliative care beds, and there is one bed at each of the Rural Health Centres (Bonne Bay Health Centre, Calder Health Centre, Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre, and Rufus Guinchard Health Centre).
Palliative and End of Life Care Goals:
- Reduce the suffering and improve quality of life for people diagnosed with a life limiting illness that does not have a cure.
- Help the person and their family meet their physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs.
- Advance care planning, a process to help you plan your medical care in advance. (Your doctor can talk to you about your health care choices.)
- Discussion of available treatments and their risks and benefits.
- Improve living while preparing for dying.
- Does not hasten death.
- Is not just for the end stage of a disease or last few weeks of days.
- May include treatments aimed at controlling the symptoms.
- Should start when the client or family has needs that can be best met by a palliative approach to care.
For more Information
Please speak with your care provider for referral to regional home care nursing coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, or to begin the referral process, please contact your local Community Support office or our Regional Intake Coordinator for Palliative and End of Life Care office:
Regional Home Nursing Coordinator
149 Montana Drive
Telephone (709) 643-8717
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