The Palliative Care service at Providence Care includes both short and long-term palliation. Palliative care is provided to patients with a life-limiting illness at the end stage of life, who require pain and symptom management. Admission criteria include a score of 50% or less on the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS).
- Short-term palliation: Serves patients with an expected prognosis of less than four months, who have chosen to have no resuscitative effort and no escalation of care except to enhance comfort.
- Long-term palliation: Serves patients with a life expectancy of four to 12 months, focused on palliation with no resuscitative effort at death, and escalation of medical care only for the purpose of improving symptom management. The potential for return home or to an alternate community care setting exists, or for transfer to short-term palliation.
The Inpatient End-of-Life Care / Palliative Care unit provides compassionate and comprehensive care of the terminally ill and their families at a time when treatment aimed at cure and prolongation of life is no longer appropriate.
The most basic premise of our End-of-Life Care service is the desire to enhance quality of life. Our primary goal is to help our patients spend their time as they wish in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, compassion, understanding and acceptance.
We believe that death is a natural part of our present life. It is our belief that persons in the final stage of life, as well as their family members, have the potential to plan, teach, console and hope.
- To assess the total needs of patients and their families so that a holistic program of care is provided in response to their physical, emotional and spiritual needs
- To provide a supportive and caring environment
- To provide ongoing educational programs for staff and volunteers so that all members of the team are adequately prepared and dedicated to the total care concept of our Palliative Care program
- To provide bereavement support and assistance to family and friends
The Patient’s Unit
The End-of-Life Care unit consists of ten private rooms and two fully-furnished family rooms. These rooms are beautifully decorated to create a home-like atmosphere for patients and their loved ones.
Care and services are provided by an inter-disciplinary health care team with active participation by the patient, the family and volunteers.
A referral from the family physician or a health care agency is required. The patient is assessed prior to admission by the physician in charge of the unit and by a nurse.