Palliative Care

Updated: May 31, 2018


The Bridge to Care Consultation Team provides palliative care to individuals coping with end of life issues. Addresses physical, emotional and spiritual needs in order to relieve suffering and improve quality of life. Services can be provided at home, hospital, residential care facility, or hospice, and can include grief and bereavement counselling, equipment and supplies in the home and access to a hospice residence or an acute palliative care unit. Support is extended to family members.

To allow any person suffering from an incurable disease in their final stage to remain at home as long as possible, near his loved ones, and pass away there if they so desire, by providing all the care, services and support required by their state.

  • To allow caregivers who want to keep their loved ones in a terminal phase at home, to get them the help, support, training and information they need to best assist the person at the end of life.




Access to Hospice Palliative Care in Canada

  • Only 16% to 30% of Canadians who die currently have access to or receive hospice palliative and end-of-life care services depending on where they live in Canada.2 Even fewer receive grief and bereavement services.

  • The topic of end-of-life is on people’s minds.

  • Three-quarters of Canadians (74%) report having thought about end-of-life. 3

  • Support for hospice palliative care is almost unanimous, with the vast majority of Canadians (96%) being supportive, including 66% who are very supportive.4

  • Almost half of Canadians (47%) say hospice palliative care is available to all those at the end of their life regardless of their illness. Only 19% say it is available to those dying of life threatening illnesses. However, one-third of Canadians (34%) are not sure to whom hospice palliative care services are available.

  • The vast majority of Canadians believe that hospice palliative care has a positive impact.