Hospice palliative care helps relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying by supporting individuals and families. It addresses physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues and associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears. Through the treatment of active issues and preventing new issues from occurring, palliative care provides opportunities for meaningful and valuable experiences and personal and spiritual growth. It helps patients and their families prepare for and manage the end-of-life choices, the dying process and cope with loss and grief. [i]
Palliative care is not just for patients who are dying. A palliative approach focuses on improving quality of life and a holistic approach for those with life-limiting illness, such as, but not limited to: cancer, heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is important to have discussions early to support a person’s quality of life for as long as possible and find out what’s important to them. Early identification can result in fewer visits to the emergency department for patients and helps families to cope better with grief and bereavement.
Patients can begin by having conversations with their primary care team about advance care planning. To learn more about resources and information related to palliative care, visit the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) LHIN Regional Palliative Care Network or find Specialty Palliative Care Services in HNHB LHIN.
Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN)
The Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to help deliver on Ontario’s commitment to palliative care. They are accountable for quality improvement initiatives, data and performance measurement and system level coordination of hospice palliative care in Ontario.
HNHB LHIN Regional Palliative Care Network (RPCN)
The HNHB LHIN Regional Palliative Care Network (RPCN) provides collaborative leadership at a local level to advance high quality palliative care aligned with the strategic directions and goals of the HNHB LHIN, HNHB Regional Cancer Program, OPCN, and Ministry.
Ontario Palliative Care Network. Frequently Asked Questions: What is Hospice Palliative Care? https://www.ontariopalliativecarenetwork.ca/en/node/31876