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The North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project relies on the support and recommendation of health care professionals to maximize quality of life for patients through its progressive services.

WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY “PALLIATIVE CARE”?

    - Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses

    - The focus is on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious 
      illness.

    - The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

    - Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work together 
      with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. 

    - Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness. It can be provided 
      along with any beneficial treatment.


REGISTRATION IN THE NORTH SHORE PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM

Connecting patients with serious life limiting or terminal illness to the palliative care program greatly improves the quality of their lives. They spend less time in hospital, have fewer crises requiring emergency department visits, and are more likely to be able to die in their place of choice. 

Internationally, palliative care is recognised as requiring a team-based approach to the patient and family. The North Shore Palliative Care program helps to co -ordinate the team required around a patient and family, working alongside their family doctor.


REFERRAL CRITERIA FOR NS PALLIATIVE CARE PROGRAM

METASTATIC CANCER Any patient
CHF / COPD Severe disease or >2 Exacerbation hospital admissions in 365 days
ALS / MOTOR NEURON DISEASE At diagnosis or ASAP
CVA Persistent vegetative state, post CVA dementia or no improvement in 3 months
ENDSTAGE KIDNEY DISEASE No option or no choice for dialysis or transplant or severe co morbidities
DEMENTIA / FRAILTY Palliative Performance Scale < 50%
PARKINSONS Reduced independence, swallowing problems, reduced drug effectiveness


Registration can be completed by faxing the form to LGH PCU: 604-984-3798 Registration forms are available from Jane Jordan at Jane.Jordan@vch.ca or 604-984-3743; Registration forms can also be found on the Coastal Palliative Care website: http://www.coastalpalliativecare.ca/


EVERY DAY COUNTS PROGRAM

Every Day Counts is a free program offered by the North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project and Vancouver Coastal Health North Shore Palliative Care. This progressive and flexible program is specifically designed for patients facing serious illness and their families to realize the best quality of life. The services offered by Every Day Counts include guidance, well-being, and support.

Learn More about Every Day Counts Program.


GUIDANCE

How do you manage symptoms? What type of exercise is encouraged? How do you navigate Palliative Care Resources? Our team of trained professionals provide guidance, insight, and encourage open, honest communication. 


WELL-BEING

Every Day Counts puts patients of all ages at the centre of care. With tailored programs, including yoga, relaxation support groups (music therapy), and our Beautiful You sessions, Every Day Counts promotes emotional and physical well-being with focus on the patient. Patients can choose from several classes that improve vitality and help them stay active. 


SUPPORT

Serious illness is as much an emotional and spiritual journey, as it is physical. We stand together as a community to provide empathy and support throughout this stage in life. Patients and family members are encouraged to seek out assistance in individual and group settings. 

We invite you to learn more about this unique program and understand the positive impact it has on The lives of families in need.


THE BILL FIELD COMMUNITY FUND

Named after a long-time palliative care volunteer, board member, and treasurer of the North Shore Hospice Society, the “Bill Fund” provides immediate financial support for palliative patients and families in need. Bill Field was passionate about supporting palliative patients and families, including providing essential financial support. Grants are given to meet the often unexpected costs that arise during palliative care and which are not covered by provincial health care. The Bill Fund grants may cover the cost of additional equipment for the home, additional short-term care, or lifeline alert system assistance.

For more information, contact the North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project at contactus@northshorehospice.ca or 604-984-5785.


VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH

Learn more about Vancouver Coastal Health’s Palliative Care Program here.


RESOURCES

Are you looking for more information on palliative care?
Please click here for a list of resources that may assist you.