Palliative care is an approach to care which focuses on comfort and quality of life for those affected by life-threatening illness. Its goal is much more than comfort in dying; palliative care is about living, through meticulous attention to control of pain and other symptoms, supporting emotional, spiritual and cultural needs and maximizing functional status. Palliative care is not a physical location but a philosophy of care at the end-of-life.
The WRHA Palliative Care Program provides services for people in Winnipeg who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. The Palliative Care Program is based on the belief that quality end-of-life care can be provided in a variety of settings, with the preferred location of care being the home or other usual residence (such as a personal care home). Palliative Care Program resources and services support and enhance the ability of the patient’s primary care team to continue to care for them at the end-of-life. Specialized units exist for patients whose needs cannot be met in other settings.
Information for patients and families
Information for health care professionals
Palliative Care Program Brochure
The work of the Palliative Care Program is accomplished by a large team of individuals pooling their strengths to provide quality care at the end of life. Team members include: program directors, physicians, clinical nurse specialists, palliative care coordinators, community palliative care nurses, social work, spiritual care, office and support staff as well as many staff members who are directly employed by home care and the facilities where the inpatient palliative care units and hospices are located.