Palliative or hospice care is supportive, holistic care for individuals and families living with a terminal illness, usually at an advanced stage. At Marianhill we are committed to providing quality care so that our clients can live their final days in dignity and comfort, surrounded by family and friends who love them.
Our hospice care team focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of individuals with incurable illness or chronic disease — providing comfort and compassionate care when the hope of a cure is no longer possible. A typical palliative care team may include doctors, social workers, nurses, pastoral workers, physiotherapists and volunteers providing emotional and spiritual care for the resident and their family.
Marianhill’s Hospice Palliative Care Unit consists of three private rooms, a lounge and kitchen — a peaceful, private environment where clients and their families spend valuable time together during the dying process.
The main components of palliative care are:
- pain and symptom management
- social, psychological, emotional and spiritual support
- caregiver support
Admission to the Marianhill Palliative Care Unit is available to clients from the community, who meet the criteria for this program. Admission is on a referral basis and dependent on bed availability.
HPCO Caregive Modules
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) has created a comprehensive set of Caregiver Modules with the goal of providing informal caregivers the support, resources and information needed to be the best caregiver they can be.
These modules cover a wide range of topics from learning how to deal with their emotions, make tough decisions and meet the appropriate physical, spiritual and cultural needs of the individual they are caring for.
Anyone wishing to access the HPCO Caregiver Modules can download and read the PDF files, or listen to the transcribed audio clips.
The modules are free to access and available in English, French and First Nations.
Hospice Palliative Care and MAiD
Hospice palliative care and MAiD substantially differ in multiple areas including in philosophy, intention and approach. Hospice palliative care focuses on improving quality of life and symptom management through holistic person-centered care for those living with life threatening conditions.
Hospice palliative care sees dying as a normal part of life and helps people to live and die well. Hospice palliative care does not seek to hasten death or intentionally end life. In MAiD, however, the intention is to address suffering by ending life through the administration of a lethal dose of drugs at an eligible person’s request.
Due to ongoing confusion among the general public regarding Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) and Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) are working to clarify the relationship between hospice palliative care and MAiD.