Home Care - Palliative Care
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is the physical, emotional, social and spiritual care given to a dying individual and his or her loved ones where active treatment is no longer the goal.
Such care may occur in a hospital ward or a long-term care institution, but is usually a service provided in the home.
Five Hills Health Region’s Palliative Care Services can help if it is your wish to die in the comfort and privacy of your own home with the support of your family. Physicians, nurses, home health aides, social workers and other healthcare professionals work together with you and your loved ones to make the last stages of life as meaningful as possible. We tailor help to your individual needs and offer on-going support throughout your terminal illness.
Our goal is to relieve suffering and offer quality of life and personal dignity until death. If the time should come where transfer to a care facility is needed, your Palliative Case Manager will assist you to make as smooth a transition as possible.
What Services are Provided under the Palliative Care Program?
- Physical, emotional, spiritual and social support for you and your loved ones.
- Assessment and coordination of services including Home Care and other agencies and institutions.
- Education for the dying individual and loved ones on palliative care and bereavement.
- Provision of certain dietary supplements, basic supplies (such as incontinence products), equipment needs (such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, commodes) and most medication expenses.
- Assistance with personal care and household chores, including meal preparation and laundry, by palliative trained home health aides.
- Respite for family members to provide them with a break from care giving.
- Consultation and coordination with other healthcare professionals, including physicians.
- Home Care Nurses available for ongoing care needs and for urgent health concerns.
- Volunteer services by specially trained Palliative Volunteers. This may include companion sitting, reading, music, writing, etc.
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