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
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