What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is given to loved ones who are diagnosed with a life-threatening condition or illness. The goal is not to treat the illness, but to improve the quality of life for both your loved one and their family.
A Hospice is a facility where your loved one receives Palliative Care for their terminal illness. Hospice staff are trained to ease the physical, psychological, and spiritual distress of both their clients and their loved ones.
What kind of care do I receive?
The primary focus of Palliative Care providers is to make your loved one’s stay as comfortable as possible and to minimize any pain and discomfort that results from your loved one’s condition. Palliative Care providers are fully trained and regulated by the provincial government.
Such services include:
- Nursing Care to manage the progression of your loved one’s illness or condition, which includes administration of medication and regular assessments
- Personal support worker care to address ADL and IADL (e.g. cooking, cleaning, bathing, dressing, and functional mobility)
- Psychological, emotional, and spiritual support to address the bereavement and grief of both the client and family members
- End-of-life care when it matters the most
Note: Any medical treatments administered by Nursing Care professionals are strictly supportive, not curative.
Where can I receive Palliative Care?
While Palliative Care can be provided at the home or within hospital facilities, Long-Term Care facilities have proven to be a popular choice among those seeking relief. This is especially common for clients whose families are not in a position to provide effective end-of-life care at a family member’s home or in the hospital.
Dedicated Hospice Care and Long-Term Care facilities are in a position to provide the kind of professional yet sympathetic care that your loved one deserves at this stage of their life. Access to medicines, trained staff, and healthcare resources can make end-of-life care more comfortable for your loved one.
Facilities have psychiatrists and counselors on hand to help families deal with the emotional and psychological stresses of their situation.
How much does Palliative Care cost?
Palliative Care and its associated treatments, lifestyle care, and healthcare services are free courtesy of the Ministry of Health. However, residents of hospices and Long-Term Care facilities will be required to pay a fee for the accommodations they occupy.
These facilities are rented out to residents on a per-day basis. Cash-strapped individuals can apply for financial aid, although use of private and semi-private rooms are excluded from this provision.
What is Advance Care Planning?
Advance Care Planning is the process of discussing your loved one’s future health care wishes with health care providers and family. These decisions should be made in advance while your loved one is still of sound mind and body to properly consider their options.
This conversation will be difficult, but will ultimately help your family by removing some of the uncertainty and burden of making healthcare decisions from their shoulders.
Interested in Palliative Care? GTA Senior Care Solutions will help you develop the Hospice Care plan that is right for your family’s needs. Call us today!