The Shirley and Philip Granovsky Palliative Care Unit

The Palliative Care Unit (6 West) offers a 31 bed unit, where 24-hour pain and symptom control is provided in combination with emotional and spiritual support to patients with late or end-stage malignant and non-malignant disease in need of palliative care. Priority of admission for end of life care is given to patients with a prognosis of 90 days or less who have the most urgent need.

The Palliative Care Unit also provides Respite care, for up to two weeks to enable caregivers to have relief from their caregiving responsibilities in the community. Respite patients receive pain and symptom control in a supportive environment and must also meet unit eligibility requirements as below.


Philosophy of practice:

  • The patient, first and foremost, will be the centre of care.
  • Focus of care is on symptom management.
  • Each application is reviewed by members of the palliative care team at Baycrest for appropriateness.
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to care provided by a by a team of professionals based on clinical need includes; medicine, nursing social work, dietary services, pharmacy, therapeutic recreation, clergy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech language pathology, psychology, psychiatry, music therapy and volunteers.
  • An integrated, holistic approach to care encourages a support network among patients, family, staff and volunteers.
  • If a patient’s condition stabilizes and/or no longer requires the specialized services of the palliative unit, the team will assist the patient and family in discharge planning to home or an appropriate facility.

Eligibility:

  • For adults aged 55 and over who have been diagnosed with a malignant or non-malignant terminal illness requiring palliative care. All applicants will be reviewed as to suitability for the program.
  • The patient or Substitute Decision Maker will have an understanding of the philosophy of palliative care and reason for admission.
  • Patients are admitted to the palliative care unit based on need and not always in the order of application. Patients at home in the community are given priority.
  • Baycrest is a non smoking facility and therefore the palliative care unit is unable to accommodate patients who wish to smoke.
  • Patients who require the following interventions cannot be cared for on the palliative care unit at Baycrest:
  • Dialysis
  • Ventilation
  • BIPAP machines
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
  • Resuscitation
  • Blood transfusions and Intravenous Therapy are only done under very unusual circumstances and will be considered on a limited and individual basis.

Rates and charges:

Supplemental fees for semi-private and private rooms may apply. 

Additional charges for requested television and telephone service are applicable.

Ministry mandated Chronic Care Co-Payment may apply.

For information or to make an appointment please call: The Intake Social Worker, Baycrest Centre, 416-785-2500, ext. 2256.

Inquiries can be sent to palliativecare@baycrest.org. This e-mail box will be checked daily.

Funding for this program is made possible in part by the Palliative Care Endowment Fund.