This guide is intended for caregivers of a person whose health has been severely affected by Alzheimer’s disease or by another type of degenerative disease of the brain, such as Parkinson’s disease, the effects of multiple strokes, or even certain forms of multiple sclerosis.
Cardus aims to build on the good work done by parliamentarians and the hundreds of organizations working in the complex field of health and end-of-life care. Below are links to resources upon which we rely heavily in our recommendations.
This publication makes the argument that those faced with life-limitng illnesses can benefit from palliative care. It suggests that using an integrated approach early in the course of disease improves quality of life. 20 pages.
Southwestern Ontario Palliative Pain & Symptom Management Consultation Program have posted resources that are useful to practitioners caring for people requiring palliation. There are algorithms for developing treatment plans, brief pain inventory, care plans and many more useful tools.
Pallium Canada is a national education community-of-practice created to foster a collaborative approach to the education, engagement and standardization of palliative care in Canada.Since 2001, Pallium Canada has developed palliative care resources for interprofessional, community-based front-line health care providers – primarily physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers across the Country.
This website features professional development information, clinical decision support and e-learning resources.
This 25 page summary provides research findings from a national survey that determined the sort of palliative medicine workforce that Canada should be developing: specifically the types of physicians who deliver palliative care, how palliative medicine is practised and the educational process that physicians have undertaken to reach their practice level. The summary detailed areas where palliative care is practised, the hours per week worked and much more.
Palliative care is presented as a basic human right as it is a highly effective pain and symptom management and control. It can and should be given with curative treatment at the beginning of diagnosis.