The Palliative Home Care Team is funded through Alberta Health Services and available to clients 18 years and older who have been diagnosed with a progressive, life limiting illness. The team consists of specially trained nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, respiratory therapists and other specialists. Their goal is to help people who face a progressive and incurable disease live fully at home, in comfort and with dignity, and to ensure that death, when it comes, is as peaceful and comfortable as possible. The focus is on helping people meet their own goals for quality of life, and on supporting families as they face the difficulties of care-giving and the loss of a loved one.
Home Care services are provided as a complement to the care provided by family, friends, neighbours, and the community at large. All services provided through Home Care are based on an assessment and development of a care plan by a home visit with a Community Care Coordinator. The coordinator works with the client and the family to determine an appropriate care plan which may include plans to address:
– Pain and symptom management
– Interventions to increase comfort
– Support for caregiver and services and environmental assessment to assist with personal care
– Support and counselling to assist with complex end of life decision making, psychosocial and/or spiritual issues
– Support with moving to a different care setting, such as hospice
Other services include:
– Palliative Home Care providing support 24 hours a day seven days a week through the Palliative Care Response Team.
Palliative Consultation Team providing assessment and management of complex symptom issues for patients and their families
Community Care Access