healthcare teams improve quality of lifeby alleviating pain and suffering. Nurses,doctors, social workers and spiritualcounsellors are among the healthcareproviders who care for people at homeand in hospital, continuing care centreor hospice.
When Bari McDowell’s mother,Barbara McDowell, was diagnosed withpulmonary fibrosis at 81, a palliativehome-care team helped arrange for aidsfor living such as oxygen tanks andwalkers. As Barbara’s disease progressedover 18 months, her care includedmorning visits to help with bathing,dressing, and assessing and changingmedications. A palliative care doctormade home visits.
“The caregivers were all incredibly
supportive and giving,” McDowell says.
“Their care allowed Mom to die
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Hospices are intimate, caring anddignified places where healthcareproviders and volunteers providecomfort, counsel and quality of life forpeople in their final months, weeks anddays. Patients and families can feel athome in the cosy private rooms, invitingcommon areas and manicured gardensof Alberta’s hospices. Each local hospicereflects its community and residents’interests with musical performances,social events, games and crafts.
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Restorative care helps people recovertheir independence after an injury orillness.
“We help our clients regain the abilityto do their own personal care, such ashygiene, climbing into bed or walking tothe dining room unassisted,” says MenaSaieed, a lead with AHS’s ProvincialContinuing Care.
People can receive restorativetherapies in specialized units in long-term care facilities and hospitals.
A restorative care program is usuallyshort, lasting a few days to a fewweeks. Dietitians, doctors, occupationaltherapists, pharmacists, physicaltherapists, recreational therapists,registered nurses, social workers and