The Palliative/End of Life Home Care program aims to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of life for a person and/or family living with a life threatening illness. Clients may choose to die at home with support from home care if they have a doctor who agrees to care for them there. Home care can assist with finding a doctor or nurse practitioner to provide care if required. Clients must have an Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan or agree to pay the cost of care at home. If clients choose not to die at home, assistance is provided by home care to find the most appropriate location for care, such as hospice or long-term care.
Palliative/End of Life services are delivered by an interdisciplinary team comprised of nurses, respiratory therapists, rehabilitation therapists, and social workers, along with volunteers and support service providers. Services include assessing the person’s care needs, managing pain/other symptoms and providing emotional support. Services may also include respite, washing/bathing and equipment/supplies. Twenty-four hour on-call nursing and respiratory therapy support is available.
Anyone can access Palliative Home Care by calling Continuing Care Access (CCA):
Phone: 780-496-1300 at any time