Palliative Care

July 20, 2017

Palliative Care: Unique Coordination Challenges

Providing high-quality palliative care demands a lot from health practitioners. While it’s true that care should always be patient-centred, these words take on greater significance during the final stage of life. For health care providers, sensitivity and compassion are key. Palliative patients often have unique pain-related issues, as well as pressing psychological and spiritual needs. Those involved in providing care
March 9, 2017

End of Life Nursing Care: Embracing Change Presents a New Challenge

If you provide end of life nursing care, you probably get tired of people telling you how brave you are. After all, the work you do is incredibly rewarding. But nobody can deny that it’s also emotionally difficult. Helping people say goodbye requires empathy. Deep empathy. The kind of empathy that allows you to look at a person and get
February 14, 2017

How to Make Dying at Home Better for Ontarians

In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about palliative care. Now, more than ever, policymakers are asking questions about death. One of the most important centres around whether dying at home is a right. For the public and private agencies responsible for delivering care at home, the focus is different. Whether you’re a decision maker at a regional
December 29, 2016

Supporting Palliative Care Patients With Communication Technology

Supporting palliative care patients is deeply rewarding, but it also comes with challenges. Nurses and personal support workers (PSWs) in the field must provide compassionate support in the final stages of life. As a result, they need to earn the trust of their patients quickly. Relationship building and careful coordination are critical. But caregivers can’t always be there for patients.
August 18, 2016

Can We Improve Palliative Care in the North?

  We don’t talk enough about death. Most of us would prefer to imagine we’ll live forever. We’d also like to believe that our loved ones will be with us forever. It’s not just death we’re in denial about, but all things related to it. We really, really don’t like thinking about end-of-life care. Will I be capable of making