At Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society, our mission is to establish and maintain expert end-of-life care for community members with a terminal illness and to provide support for their families.
- We are a voice for the community
- We are an ear to public need
- We are a hand in action
What is Palliative Care?
Palliative Care is specialized client-centered end-of-life care. It aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying.
Palliative Care supports people living with life-threatening illnesses. It provides care for patients and their loved ones to meet each individual’s
- Medical needs
- Psychological needs
- Social needs
- Spiritual needs
- Practical needs
Where is Care Provided?
Care can be provided at home, in hospitals, in nursing homes or in free standing hospices.
Palliative care considers that dying is an important part of living and that it is essential to manage pain and other symptoms effectively so that those facing death, and their loved ones, can devote their energies not to fighting physical discomfort, but to embrace the time they have left together.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Palliative Care?
- address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears
- prepare for and manage self-determined life closure and the dying process
- cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement.
Palliative care is appropriate for any patient and/or family living with, or at risk of developing, a life-threatening illness due to any diagnosis, with any prognosis, regardless of age, and at any time they have unmet expectations and/or needs, and are prepared to accept care. Palliative care may complement and enhance disease-modifying therapy or it may become the total focus of care. Hospice palliative care is most effectively delivered by an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers.
What services does Grande Prairie Palliative Care Society provide?
- The Society provides financial support for Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End of Life Care (LEAP) training. The purpose of the course is to increase the palliative care expertise of the medical professionals in the Grande Prairie and surrounding area in order to improve the delivery of end of life care to patients and families. In addition, it is an opportunity for professionals to learn about the palliative care resources available to the community. The course is facilitated annually by local professionals.
Increase awareness of palliative care in our community and region.
- GPPCS Events Committee works in the region to increase the awareness of palliative care. Service clubs, organizations, and groups may contact us at [email protected] to request us to attend a meeting to present.
- We provide financial support for LEAP Training (see questions 2) and volunteer training.
- Information booths are set up in the community to provide information to the general public
- We network with other agencies and societies to ensure they are aware of services offered to best suit the needs of their clients
Advocate for end-of-life care resources in our community and region.
Assist Clients and families in financial need:
- The Society awards one-time funds for situations where no other funding is available. The Society reserves the right to determine the eligibility of applicants and a number of funds awarded based on need and funds available. Funds may be awarded for:
- Emergency situations
- Please contact our office at [email protected] more information.