Palliative care is patient- and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life, alleviates pain and reduces symptom burden throughout the trajectory of the patient’s illness. While every patient’s experience with terminal illness is unique, navigating the palliative care journey represents a shared opportunity for palliative care providers to integrate with the complexities of care with other specialties and health care team members.
In 2015, 20,000 Alberta families will share the end of life care journey with a loved one. At best, 30 per cent of these families will have access to palliative care.
The continuum of palliative care services can extend from care in the home to hospital, hospice, long-term care facilities, support organizations and other community agencies and is foundational to the primary and specialized care the patient receives. Interdisciplinary teams work in tandem with patients and their families to coordinate care during all stages of illness, improve communication and explore advance care planning, resulting in a personalized approach to innovative care plans. These pathways complement support systems already in place.
When Home Instead CAREGivers are part of a palliative care team, we put virtually all of our experience and service capabilities to work to fill in wherever needed and whenever needed. We’ve helped many local families with palliative care services and our experience can help you through important caregiving decisions.
Home Instead Senior Care serving Edmonton West will exhibit at the 28th Annual Palliative Education and Research Days.
When: October 23, 2017
Where: Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall
Address: 17700 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4V4