Palliative Care is a specialized program at Providence Hospital that focuses on individuals living with a terminal illness and nearing the end of life. Our interprofessional team works with patients and their families to create a care strategy that addresses their unique physical, emotional, spiritual and practical needs. The focus is on maintaining comfort and dignity through a patient’s final days and finding special moments to celebrate life.
In 2013/14, our Palliative Care program introduced a number of new initiatives designed to enhance the support we provide patients and their families:
All these initiatives have enhanced the care we provide, but the traditional hospital environment where we care for our patients and their families is limiting. To address the issue, our Foundation is raising funds – part of our $16 million Hope Starts Here capital campaign – to create a new space for Palliative Care that is home-like and tranquil. The new design will place emphasis on providing support services for patients, but with a significant emphasis on loved ones and caregivers.
In the near future, Palliative Care will have its own dedicated entrance, more home-like patient rooms, overnight suites for families, a kitchenette and common rooms for socializing, a children’s play area, and a business centre for families to stay connected to work and maintain communication with distant friends and family. These are just a few of the changes planned that will help patients and their families affirm and celebrate a life well lived – together.