The Palliative Care Unit is a 20 bed patient and family centered program within Complex
Continuing Care. This program serves individuals who have a life-limiting illness, with a
projected life expectancy of three months or less, and whose care requirements can no longer
be met in the community or no longer require acute care. All staff members providing care on the
Palliative Care Unit have received specialized palliative care training. The care team includes
nursing (registered nurses, registered practical nurses, nurse practitioners), physiotherapy,
occupational therapy, physicians, volunteers, social work, dietary, environmental services,
respiratory therapy, pharmacy, psychology, and spiritual care, as well as enterostomal therapy,
patient advocacy and clinical ethics as required. Palliative care physician coverage is available
24 hours and includes daily visits to patient on the unit during weekdays.
Individuals are referred to the Palliative Care Unit through Community Care Access Centre
(CCAC) or from an acute care hospital. Interprofessional team and family conferences are
held upon admission to address patient and family plans and goals.