Palliative Care
Palliative Care

 

Palliative care enhances the quality of life of people with a life-limiting illness. It does this by preventing and relieving suffering. 

In addition to helping the patient, palliative care helps a family cope during a family member’s illness and death, and during the grief process.
Palliative care may include:

  • Help with decisions about treatments
  • Expert medical care to help with pain and other symptoms at home or in hospital
  • End-of-life care
  • Social, psychological, emotional and spiritual support
  • Occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work
  • Music therapy
  • Support for family, friends and caregivers
  • Trained volunteers to visit with patients
  • Information about financial, legal and other services
  • Bereavement support

Many people think that palliative care is only provided in the last weeks and months of life, when curative treatments are no longer available. A palliative approach to care can help people early in their illness. It can start at diagnosis, when treatments are taking place and there may still be many months and years left to live.

Palliative care is not necessarily provided by a team that only becomes involved at the end of your life. It is ideally provided by the people who know patients the most working together with experts when they are needed.

More about this service

Contact Information

Annapolis Valley Palliative Care Program:
Phone: 902-542-6303    
Fax: 902-542-6607      
 
Cape Breton County, Northern and Central Inverness County and Victoria County
Phone: 902-567-7846    
Fax: 902-567-7962      
 
Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants
Phone: 902-896-2612    
Fax: 902-896-2608
 
Cumberland County
Phone: 902-667-5400 ext 6344
Fax: 902-667-1012
 
Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties
Yarmouth : Phone: 902 749 4481 Fax: 902 749 1735
Digby:  (902) 245-1304
Shelburne : Phone:(902) 875 4508

Guysborough, Antigonish and Richmond Counties and the southern portion of Inverness County
St. Martha’s Palliative care  
Phone: 902- 867-4500  ext 4406 or ext 4296
Fax:  902- 867-4242
 
Strait Richmond Palliative care
Phone: 902- 625-7211
Fax: 902- 625-2202
 
Eastern Memorial Palliative care
Phone: 902- 366-2794 – ext 2249
Fax: 902- 366-2740
 
Guysborough Palliative Care
Phone: 902- 533-3702 – ext 3230
Fax: 902- 533- 4066
 
St. Mary`s Memorial Palliative Care
Phone: 902- 522-2882 ext 240
Fax: 902- 522-2556

Halifax area (not including IWK Health Centre) and West Hants
Program Manager phone: 902-473-7776
Program Administrative Assistant phone: 902-473-8418

You can also reach these individual services directly:

  • Palliative Care Community Consultation – serving patients at home via outpatient clinics located throughout Halifax County and West Hants or in their homes in collaboration with community agencies and primary care physicians:  
    fax 902-425-6778
  • Palliative Care Inpatient Consultation – serving inpatients and clinical teams at QEII, and DGH facilities:
    fax 902-473-3103
  • Palliative Care Inpatient Unit – 10 bed inpatient Unit serving patients for symptom management, and end of life:  
    phone 902-473-3119
  • Bereavement Services – Bereavement Coordinator:  
    phone 902-473-1622
  • Palliative Care Volunteer Services – Volunteer Coordinator:  
    phone 902-473-3811

 
Lunenburg and Queens Counties

Phone: (902) 634-7369
Fax: (902) 527-5413
 
Pictou County
Phone: 752-7600 x4190/2022 
Fax: 902-755-7315

How do I access services?

Family physicians and frontline care providers, including care co-ordinators, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and spiritual care providers, all play a role in providing palliative care.

 
These providers can access support from a palliative care team, providers who specialize in complex care planning and symptom management. Their support can complement the care that patients receive from their primary care provider and other members of the care team, but is not meant to replace it. 

Resources for Patients and Families

•Preparing for Death and Dying - A guide for people with life-limiting illness, their families, and their friends
(pdf download - English)

•Se préparer à la mort et à la fin de vie - Guide à l’intention des personnes atteintes d’une maladie limitant l’espérance de vie, de leurs familles et de leurs amis
(.pdf download - French)

•Music Therapy Relaxation Project (link)

EHS Palliative Care Program (.pdf)

EHS Palliative Care Program video (link to youtube video)

Palliative Home Drug Program (.pdf)

Speak Up Nova Scotia Advance Care Planning Workbook (.pdf)

 

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