Palliative Care

The assisted dying debate: Understanding the Supreme Court ruling
The assisted dying debate: Understanding the Supreme
Court ruling

For the first time in his life, Dr. Donald Low was wrong.  The renowned Toronto Microbiologist who passed away from a brain tumour in 2013, thought physician assisted dying would take years to become legal in Canada.  He shared that ...


Palliative care volunteers have profound impact on patients
Palliative care volunteers have profound impact
on patients

Beth Greenblatt (left) and Dinie Vanderwerf are volunteers at Southlake Regional Health Centre. Everyone remembers that one special comforting toy or blanket they had as a child.  How a hug could make almost any sadness or fear disappear.  At Southlake ...


Improving and integrating palliative care
Improving and integrating palliative care

Lise and Dr. Frances Kilbertus worked together to ensure her husband’s wish of dying at home could be granted. Lise didn’t know she had it in her. She didn’t know she had the skills and the strength to grant her ...


Better communication leads to better palliative care
Better communication leads to better palliative care

Huddles are about improving communication among the health care team members. Perhaps more than most other areas of healthcare, palliative care depends on close, timely communications between all medical professionals and caregivers to provide clients with optimal care. In a ...

Posted: April 2, 2014|Palliative Care, Patient Care|0 comments

RVH’s Cancer and Palliative Care Unit…
RVH’s Cancer and Palliative Care Unit…

Mark Johnston hugged his wife Sheri Lynn, for the last time. She was unaware of the embrace. She was already gone. In the early hours of August 31st Sheri Lynn, 41, took her last breath and succumbed to the disease she ...

Posted: April 23, 2013|Palliative Care|0 comments

Creating Comfort When There is No Cure
Creating Comfort When There is No Cure

: Mount Sinai’s Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care Director Dr. Russell Goldman and Counsellor Andrea Warnick review some of their cases. It takes a different approach to medicine to treat patients who are living out their final months, weeks ...

Posted: April 9, 2013|Palliative Care|0 comments

Keeping you in control of your health-care choices Mississauga Halton CCAC End-of-life health and support services
Keeping you in control of your health-care choices
Mississauga Halton CCAC End-of-life health and
support services

Marlene Grzesiak (left) and Judy Chapman. Our palliative case managers are experts who help you live as pain and symptom-free as possible and to support your wish to die in your place of choice, whether it is at home, ...

Posted: April 9, 2013|Palliative Care|0 comments

Baycrest’s mobile tablet app enables palliative patients to report symptoms directly into their medical chart
Baycrest’s mobile tablet app enables palliative
patients to report symptoms directly into their
medical chart

Baycrest Health Sciences has developed a mobile tablet app that allows palliative patients to report their discomfort symptoms, such as pain, nausea, drowsiness, anxiety and appetite, directly into their electronic health record that the doctor and healthcare team see. The app ...

Posted: February 5, 2013|Palliative Care|0 comments

Supporting palliative care patients with a team approach
Supporting palliative care patients with a team approach

St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto is not designated as a palliative care facility, but we provide quality treatment and compassionate support for palliative patients in medicine units throughout our hospital. In some cases, the Health Centre is the last place ...

Posted: April 11, 2012|Palliative Care, Patient Care|0 comments

Finding peace in troubling times
Finding peace in troubling times

Lise Johnson lies comfortably in her hospital bed, gazing toward the big, bright window in her room. “I feel such a feeling of peace,” she says. “I’m not afraid.” Lise is accompanied by her husband, Al, and their daughter, Nancy, on Ward ...

Posted: April 9, 2012|Featured, Palliative Care|0 comments

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