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 and supportive 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.