End-of-Life Care / Hospice Palliative Care
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End-of-Life Care / Hospice Palliative Care

Hospice palliative care is a philosophy of care and services which help relieve suffering and improve quality of life for people with a life-limiting illness. Hospice palliative care does not hasten or delay death. Hospice palliative care is about access to the best possible quality of life at the end of life.

Whether you are at home, in hospital, a hospice bed or a residential care facility your health care team will provide: 

  • Care to help relieve symptoms such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, insomnia
  • Information on services and care options, legal and financial matters
  • Teaching for families on how to provide or assist with care
  • Emotional support
  • Referrals to available services, such as volunteers or counselling

You must be registered by your physician with the Northern Health Hospice Palliative Care program and assessed by your local Home Health / Community Services office before receiving these resources.

Hospice Palliative Care in a Residential Care Setting

Northern Health also offers access to publicly subsidized hospice palliative care (HPC) beds located in a number of our residential care facilities. Hospice palliative care beds are available to those people with progressive life threatening illnesses.

Admission to hospice palliative care beds can be for:

  • Short stay admission for control of symptoms such as pain or nausea, transition from hospital to home and for caregiver rest, or
  • Permanent admission for care during the last days or weeks of life.

Publicly Subsidized Hospice Palliative Care Beds

The following residential care facilities have hospice palliative care beds that provide 24 hour professional nursing care and end-of-life care:

  • Acropolis Manor, Prince Rupert
  • Terraceview Lodge, Terrace
  • Bulkley Lodge, Smithers
  • Rotary Manor, Dawson Creek
  • Dunrovin Park Lodge, Quesnel
  • Peace Villa, Fort St John

Northern Health works in partnership with the Prince George Hospice Society to fund Rotary Hospice House, a 10-bed hospice house that provides comfort and care in a home-like setting. A brief description of Rotary Hospice House is available.

Your health care team will ensure that you have the knowledge and the understanding of your situation to enable you to make informed choices. Contact your local Home Health / Community Services office for more information.

     

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