Palliative Care Unit & Community
Providence Care Hospital Palliative Care Unit (PCU)
Providence Care Hospital is a rehabilitation and complex care facility that has ten dedicated palliative care beds (PCU). Patients with advanced terminal illness who are unable to be cared for in other settings are admitted to the PCU for symptom management, psychosocial distress, and end-of-life care.There are approximately 150 admissions per year. The interprofessional team meets each Thursday morning with representatives attending from palliative medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, pastoral care, psychology, pharmacy, and the volunteer co-ordinator.
The greater Kingston area has a population of 166,000, with 25 Retirement Homes, and 11 licensed Long Term Care Facilities. Community services are exceedingly important and provide a rich educational experience for the resident.
The Palliative Care Medicine Program community physicians receive over 200 new referrals annually and provide approximately 1600 visits per year.
The Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is responsible for arranging and co-ordinating government-funded palliative care for patients in their homes. The CCAC is highly supportive of activities that enhance learning opportunities for health care professionals. They have a significant number of nursing case managers who are dedicated to the area of palliative care.
The Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultation Service (PPSMCS) is a regional community resource sponsored by the CCAC. Two full time consultants (Kingston and Belleville) and one half-time consultant (Smith’s Falls) provide consultation by serving as resource persons to service providers. They also offer case-based education and mentoring to staff in community agencies, long-term care homes, community health centres, and family health teams.
Hospice Kingston, which is co-located with the Palliative Care Medicine Program, provides a community focus and support to patients and families. Care is directed at enhancing quality of life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. They provide patient advocacy, caregiver support, skilled volunteers and Day Hospice services.