Palliative care is a specialized care for those with advanced illness. The goal is to offer comfort and improve the quality of life of patients and families. Palliative care focuses on relieving pain and other symptoms, as well as supporting the psychological, social, cultural, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
How we help those in palliative care
- Patient and family support:
Our trained volunteers are part of the palliative care multi-disciplinary team. Their goal is to provide comfort care for patients, families, and caregivers. They provide support through active listening, pet therapy, music, practical help, refreshments, and presence.
- Memorial services:
In collaboration with multidisciplinary team, Cedars CanSupport organizes bi-monthly memorial services to celebrate the life of patients who have passed away on the Balfour Mount Palliative Care Unit.
- Bereavement services:
Our bereavement support groups are offered to those who have lost a loved one to cancer. We aim to promote mutual support, education, and a safe environment. Common themes include understanding grief, exploring and identifying changes and challenges, adjusting and engaging in everyday life.