What is palliative care?

Palliative care is a focus on pain and symptom management for those with life limiting illness. It is focused on managing complex symptoms to improve quality of life. Symptoms include, but are not limited to; pain, shortness of breath, nausea, constipation, and psychosocial issues. The palliative care team may see patients throughout their illness trajectory, from time of diagnosis to end of life. Palliative care does not hasten death or prolong life. The focus is on comfort, and improving quality of life.


Who can receive palliative care?

Anyone who has symptoms that are interfering with their quality of life, and have a life limiting illness may be considered for a palliative care consult. Inpatients at the Queensway Carleton hospital can be referred to the palliative care team by the most responsible physician. If you are an outpatient, speak with your family physician about resources available in your community.


Palliative care at Queensway Carleton Hospital

The palliative care team at the Queensway Carleton Hospital is made up of physicians, nurses and palliative care volunteers. They have all received specialized training in palliative care. They work closely with all members of the health care team to ensure that a holistic approach to care is provided. If you are looking for further resources or information this palliative website may be helpful.