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Hospice & Palliative

Assigned Guardian Angel provides a person and family-centered care to a person who is actively and progressively deteriorating due to an advanced disease, who has little or no prospect of cure and who is expected to die, and for whom the primary goal is to optimize the quality of life and emotional supports for the family.

Palliative or end of life care

End-of-life care is the last few weeks of life in which a patient with a life-limiting illness is rapidly approaching death. The needs of patients and their careers is higher at this time. This phase of palliative care is recognized as one in which increased services and support are essential to ensure quality, coordinated care from the health care team is being delivered. This takes into account the terminal phase or when the patient is recognized as imminently dying, death and extends to bereavement care.

Palliative care is care that helps people live their life as fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social. Because palliative care is based on individual needs, the services offered will differ but may include:

  • Relief of pain and other symptoms e.g. vomiting, shortness of breath

  • Resources such as equipment needed to aid care at home

  • Assistance for families to come together to talk about sensitive issues

  • Links to other services such as home help and financial support

  • Support for people to meet cultural obligations

  • Support for emotional, social and spiritual concerns

  • Counselling and grief support

  • Referrals to respite care services

Palliative care is a family-centred model of care, meaning that family and carers can receive practical and emotional support.