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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.
  • Inclusion
    • 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
  • Exclusion
    • 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.
Click to print or download the brochure for The Shirley and Philip Granovsky Palliative Care Unit.