Palliative Care and Support

Our Approach

If you’re living with a serious illness, you may find that the physical symptoms caused by the illness or your treatment are affecting your quality of life. Palliative care can help you cope with your illness and the stress it creates at home, work and in other areas of your life. Palliative care is available to patients at any stage of illness. Services are available in hospitals, palliative care clinics and through home care.

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and social workers who meet with you and your family to assess your needs and develop a plan that respects your values and personal choices. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for you and your family.

Who can benefit from palliative care?

Palliative care can benefit many types of patients. It may be right for you if you have:

  • A serious or life-threatening illness, such as:
    • Cancer
    • Severe heart disease
    • Severe lung disease
    • Dementia
    • Severe liver or kidney disease
    • Severe neurological disease
  • Symptoms of disease or side effects of treatment such as pain, breathlessness, nausea, fatigue or depression
  • Symptoms of declining health
  • An illness that has required more than two hospitalizations within three months
  • Questions about complex decision making or goals of care

Palliative care patients can expect:

  • Attention to all sources of distress that affect healing, including social and spiritual distress
  • A care plan that meets your goals and values
  • Clear communication between you, your family and your health care team
  • Communication of your plan of care across settings
  • Guidance in making decisions about all aspects of your care