The Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) is recognizing the national Palliative Care Week, which runs from May 4 to 10.
The SCHR offers palliative care services to those who are diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. Palliative care is a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death.
A team of health care professionals – along with the patient, family, and caregiver – works to meet the needs and goals of the patient. This multi-disciplinary team could consist of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, clergy members, occupational therapists, physical therapists, dieticians, and speech and language pathologists.
Members of the team provide a holistic approach that offers physical support, along with social, psychological, emotional and spiritual assistance to the patient, their family and their caregivers.
Palliative care services also offer pain and symptom management, such as finding relief from nausea, constipation or breathing difficulties.
The team promotes opportunities for meaningful experiences, and personal and spiritual growth, as one prepares for death and dying, helping people cope with end-of-life issues with dignity and compassion.
"Death and dying may cause one to experience depression, anxiety, or stress," said SCHR vice-president of community health Janice Giroux. "Our aim is to address these concerns and find ways to overcome them."
Additional information on palliative care services is available by contacting the Estevan or Weyburn palliative care coordinator offices, or by visiting the health region's website.