It is definitely a mistake for students to wait around for their professors to put any effort into providing this kind of valuable advisement and mentoring, because quite frankly, this is not something the university administration expects or requires its academic faculty members to do. It is simply not in a professor’s job description.
Is Palliative Care in Canada fully integrated into the health care system that it allows every end-of-life care patient to receive the comfortable measures to face death? Progress has been made of services available to Canadians, but unfortunately the answer is: No.
Most people would prefer dying at home alongside with close family members, however almost 70% of Canadians die in the hospital.
What is Palliative Care? It is a special type of health care aimed towards at easing pain and suffering for life-limited individuals. The care encompasses: physical care, emotional care, psychological care and spiritual care for the patient and their families.
- If a patient wants to die at home – then a discharge plan could be set in place with the appropriate care with personal support worker or social worker.
- If a patient wants to complete their life journey with visits from family and friends at a palliative care home
Who can benefit from Palliative Care (PC)?
- Elderly Patients (Palliative Care is NOT a nursing home)
- Stage IV Cancer Patients – termed by the doctor of end-stage cancer
- Chronic Illness patients close to end-of-life
Here are 5 programs and services for Ontario in regards to Palliative Care Treatment:
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
Circle of Care: Sinai Health System
The CareGuide: Source for Seniors
Serena is an aspiring medical laboratory technologist, who currently holds a B.Sc degree in Biochemistry. She is a hardworking, passionate individual of all things sciences. She is an application person, who loves to connect the knowledge of science into real-life sciences.