Hospice & End of Life Care
Providing comfort and quality of life care for people and their families who are living with life-limiting illness.
We provide hospice and end of life care to clients in their home setting (including physical, emotional, social and spiritual care) with the goal of providing comfort and quality of life for those persons who are living with or dying from advanced illness. Our focus is on comfort care, such as pain control, rather than care aimed at curing illness. This active compassionate care is based on a commitment to the whole person, respecting personal, cultural and spiritual values, beliefs and practices. Services are provided in the patient’s home, hospital, hospice or in residential care.
In collaboration with the individuals and their families/caregivers, hospice palliative care services are provided by an interdisciplinary team that includes family physicians, community health nurses, community physiotherapy/occupational therapy (PT/OT), palliative care physicians, clinical nurse specialists, social work consultants, spiritual care consultants, hospice volunteers, shift care nurses and home support workers in addition to providing links, and lniks to volunteer services (via Vancouver Hospice Society).
Examples of Research and Evaluation Priorities
- Variations in practice among health professionals and geographic locations.
- Cost effectiveness of new program implementation
- Impact of not implementing best practices
- Utilization of Emergency Department by palliative patients
- Cost and benefits of supporting palliative care and home death
Current and Past Research and Evaluation Projects
- Impacts of a Palliative Approach for Nursing (IPAN): A Provincial Nursing Survey. Vancouver Community was listed as one of 14 VCH sites in this survey by a Prince George Nursing Faculty member.
Questions? We can help. Contact our Community Research Facilitator