Palliative Support Program

Hospice Northwest staff and volunteers strive to support palliative clients wherever the need may be.

One-to-One Palliative Support

Our Palliative Care Program is focused on improving the quality of life for our patients who are living with, or dying from, advanced illness. Hospice Palliative Care does not hasten death or extend life, but it does assist individuals in remaining comfortable and dignified until the end of their lives.

At Hospice Northwest, we are a "Hospice without walls", and as such, our Hospice Northwest Palliative Care can be delivered in all care settings, including the following:

  • Individual homes
  • Hospices
  • Long-Term Care Homes
  • Hospitals

All Hospice Northwest programs and services are available free of charge. View our regional coverage area to see all the areas that we service in Northwestern Ontario.

Receive Palliative Care Support

If you or someone you know requires palliative care support, you can complete this online service request form

Katherine Poulin

What is Palliative Care?

When we use the term "Palliative Care", we are referring to a type of health care for people who are living with a life-limiting illness that is progressive or at an advanced stage. Our services are helpful not only when a person is approaching death but also during the earlier stages of an illness. The program was designed to fulfill the unique demands of our clients, whether physical, social, cultural, emotional, and/or spiritual. It is also tailored to the needs of people involved in our clients' care.

Our Dedicated Volunteers

Our team of volunteers receive extensive training and offer valuable support not only to our clients, but also to caregivers and health care professionals as well.

Our Hospice Northwest Volunteers offer:

  • non-judgmental and active listening during our client's journey
  • assist the individual and their family members during difficult times
    relieve caregivers
  • complement the role of family members
  • provide help and support with tasks that can include shopping, making phone calls, writing letters, getting to appointments and outings in the community
  • offer recreational activities such as reading, music and playing cards
  • provide bedside support
  • advocate for excellence in end-of-life care
  • connect clients to the full range of support they need
  • offer services that are integrated with other community support services
  • and, always, provide confidentiality
Compassionate and Caring Volunteers

Receive Palliative Care Support

If you or someone you know requires palliative care support, you can complete this online service request form