What is Palliative and Supportive Care?
Palliative and supportive care is a medical specialty for people living with a serious illness. It is focused on providing patients and their caregivers with relief from the symptoms and stresses associated with a serious illness to improve quality of life.
Palliative and supportive care is provided by an inter-professional team who work with a patient’s other healthcare providers, including their family doctor, to provide an extra layer of support. This care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided as part of your personal treatment plan. The Freeman Centre for the Advancement of Palliative Care offers comprehensive consultation and follow-up care for patients with a life-limiting illness.
The Palliative and Supportive Care Service consists of two services to meet the needs of patients and their loved ones who are living with advanced serious illness.
- For patients living with a cancer-related life-limiting illness
- For patients living with a non-cancer-related life-limiting illness
Our interdisciplinary team of palliative care physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, registered nurses, social workers, spiritual care provider and volunteers among others can help you with:
- Management of pain and symptoms to improve quality of life
- Psychosocial and spiritual care support
- An individualized treatment plan that is aligned with patient and family goals
- Assistance with difficult conversations
- Support to prepare for end of life, loss, grief and bereavement
These services are provided in hospital, clinic and in-home settings.