Palliative Care

2013-2014 Annual Report

Toronto Grace is committed to providing compassionate, patient-focused care and services to all individuals who require our help. Our values of dignity and respect have equipped us to be leaders in Palliative Care.

Palliative care is a philosophy of care at the end of life. Patient comfort and family support are the primary goals of palliative care at Toronto Grace Health Centre. We respect each person’s individuality and their unique response to illness. The goal of palliative care is about living, consequently; we focus our attention to managing symptoms, and to supporting emotional, spiritual and cultural needs.

The palliative care staff addresses the needs of patients and their families, primarily to improve the quality of life for each individual. A number of professionals bring their expertise to providing quality care to adults 18 years and older, who require end of life care. Respite care is also provided: the challenges for caring for a family member is a demanding and difficult job. Respite care allows families and caregivers time to restore their energy and ability in order to continue to provide care for their family member. At TGHC we provide emergency and planned short-term, time limited (2weeks) break for families and caregivers.

Our Team:

An interprofessional approach to care is taken with collaboration between physicians, nurses, social work, chaplaincy services, pharmacy, and volunteer services. Other allied health professionals may be requested to provide service as required. These would include the registered dietitian, physiotherapist, speech language pathologist, recreation therapist and psychiatrist. Physician services are available 24/7.

Referral sources:

Patients or families; Acute Care Hospitals; Long Term Care facilities; Community Physicians; Seniors’ Residences; Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) and Visiting Nurses.

Accommodation and associated costs:

(Please note that all associated costs are subject to change).

Preferred accommodation: private – $270/day; semi-private – $240/day

Television: $76/month; telephone no charge.

Parking: reduced rates are available for visitors with in/out passes.

At TGHC we cannot accept responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged items. We advise that you do not bring large amounts of cash, jewelry or other valuables.