Palliative Care Program

Approaching the end of life can be a difficult time. There may be many emotions to deal with and many questions needing answers.

Palliative care is the care of a person whose disease is progressive and no longer curable.

The Cypress Health Region’s Palliative Care program helps by providing the best possible care and support. The program is for family and friends of loved ones in palliative care to help them during this difficult time of transition.

The Cypress Health Region’s Palliative Care program:

  • Affirms life and regards dying as a natural process
  • Neither hastens or postpones death
  • Appreciates that this is a crucial period in the life of the client and family
  • Offers a support system to help the family cope during the client’s illness
  • Is applicable earlier in the course of an illness, along with cancer treatment or medical therapies
  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care.
  • Offers a support system to help clients live as actively as possible until death.

The care of clients and families focuses on easing pain and other symptoms; striving for the best quality of life for each client; providing information and support to the patient, family, and friends; assisting with plans for future care and support; and providing support during grief and bereavement.

Palliative care can provide you with information, support, and help with care during the final months, weeks, or days of life; discussions of issues and options related to your care; help with symptom management, such as pain, nausea, and shortness of breath; connections to services or agencies available in the region; help to assess your needs for ongoing care; follow-up for family and friends working through their grief; assess the need for special equipment and access certain benefits through the Palliative Care program.

In the Cypress Health Region, palliative care can include your family doctor, other physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, spiritual care workers, special care aides, dietitians, and other health professionals.

Palliative Care may be provided at home, in a personal care home, long-term care facility , or in the hospital. Where patients receive care will depend upon their assessed needs and where they can be met. Changes in care settings may need to be made as needs change. The region’s Palliative Care Team will assist with this process.

How can the Palliative Care Team be Contacted?

The Palliative Care Team can be contacted through referral. A verbal or written referral may be made by:

  • The client him or her self
  • Physician
  • Family or friends
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Any other agency with the client’s agreement

Referrals are directed to the Palliative Care Coordinator.

For more information on the Cypress Health Region Palliative Care Program, please contact the Palliative Care Coordinator at (306) 750-9379.