What is Hospice Palliative Care?
Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) is the care offered to a person whose disease is no longer curable. It is not offered with the intent to hasten or delay death. It does strive to provide comfort to the patient and family by addressing physical, emotional, social, spiritual and information needs. The Northern Health (NH) HPC Program offers a support system to help patients enjoy the best possible quality of life until death.
How you may be feeling?
Whether you are a person who has been given a diagnosis of a life threatening illness, or a family member, you may be feeling overwhelmed as you face change and loss. It is normal to feel this way and to experience a range of emotions. The NH HPC team and services are provided to support you on your journey. The more information and support you have, the more in control and able to cope you may feel.
(‘family’ means all those close to the patient in knowledge, care and affection)
Who provides Hospice Palliative Care?
- You and your family are the center of the team. Your health care team will ensure that you have the knowledge and the understanding of your situation to enable you to make informed choices.
- At this stage of life the needs of yourself and your family are complex; a team approach is essential. In addition to your family doctor, your team my include specialist doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, volunteers, care aides, physiotherapist, occupation therapists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, spiritual care providers, and counselors.
- A HPC Consultation Team is also available to assist and advise your health care team. The Consultation Team includes a doctor, pharmacist, and a registered nurse, all with advanced training and expertise in HPC.