The Shirley and Philip Granovsky Palliative Care Unit

Program description:

  • The Palliative Care Unit is a 31-bed unit providing 24-hour pain and symptom management in combination with emotional and spiritual support to patients with late or end-stage disease in need of palliative care.
  • Applications for short term pain and symptom management may be considered.

 Goals of the program:

  • An integrated, interdisciplinary holistic approach to care encourages a support network among patients, family, staff and volunteers.
  • The focus of care is on pain and symptom management.



  • Adults aged 55 and older who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness requiring palliative care (24-hour pain and symptom control)
  • Patient is medically stable (i.e. does not require acute care intervention)
  • If patient smokes, is able to do so safely and make own arrangements
  • Patient and power of attorney/substitute decision maker will understand and accept the philosophy of palliative care and reason for admission.
  • Expected prognosis of 90 days of less
  • Should the patient’s condition/care needs stabilize, the patient or substitute decision maker is expected to cooperate in discharge planning to transition to an appropriate destination
  • Dialysis
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
  • Cuffed Tracheostomy Tube
  • Needs greater than 50% Oxygen
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Bariatric equipment needs (300lbs +)
  • Patients requesting resuscitation
  • Patients seeking life-prolonging active intervention/treatment


Application Process:

  • An application can be sent by a physician or nurse practitioner to Baycrest via Resource Matching and Referral (RMR) system or via fax: 416-785-2471.
  • Applications are reviewed by the palliative care team for appropriateness.

 If you have questions, please contact:

  • For more information, you may contact a social worker at 416-785-2500, ext. 6226.
  • Inquiries can also be sent to

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