Vancouver Coastal health
Embedding a palliative approach in residential care
To identify residents who would be appropriate for a palliative approach to care
Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Heatlh
1515 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC
BC Palliative Care Benefits support individuals of any age at the end stage of a life-threatening disease or illness and want to receive medically appropriate palliative care at home.
Through this program, B.C. residents who are eligible to receive palliative care services at home can:
• receive PharmaCare assistance with the cost of palliative medications
• access certain palliative medical supplies and equipment from their health authority
Palliative Care Benefits are available to all B.C. residents with active MSP coverage who:
• are living at home
• have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or condition
• have a life expectancy of up to six months, and
• consent to the focus of care being palliative rather than treatment aimed at cure.
The Supportive and Palliative Care Indicators Tool helps guide the medical/nurse practitioners in determining a patient’s medical eligibility.
CAMPP (Calgary's Allied Mobile Palliative Program)
Mobile outreach palliative program to homeless and vulnerably housed individuals in downtown Calgary.
It is being used to bring awareness on who would be appropriate for our program. There is considerable education needed in non-medical staff to alert staff to those people needing early interventation.
Central West Community Care Access Centre and the Central West Palliative Care Network, Brampton
The CW CCAC palliative services support people with life-limiting conditions to remain in their own home e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, speech language pathology and personal support work.
The CWPCN provides leadership for a high quality comprehensive, integrated and well coordinated hospice palliative care system in Central West region.
Uses of SPICT
The SPICT tool is one of the clinical tools being used with primary care providers as part of the Central West Early Palliative Identification Project through IDEAS (Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors).
The project aims to increase its identification of patients having palliative care needs from current 2.6% to at least 10% to enable access to optimal palliative care and improve patient quality of life.
Contact: Rita Khamis
Ottawa – Ottawa Inner City Health
OICH aims to improve the health and access to health care for people who are chronically homeless.
Our main function is to coordinate and integrate health care services so that homeless individuals can receive the same quality of health care as other Canadians. Health issues while homeless are often complicated by the lack of housing, family support and care. In response, OICH has special health care units which are located within local homeless shelters creating a safe environment where health care can be provided. These special units are staffed by personal support workers and supported by visiting nurses and doctors. They are operated through a partnership between the shelters.
This model has been well accepted by homeless clients and supports health outcomes which are comparable to the Canadian standard. These services, every extent possible, embrace harm reduction principles, which is a public health approach that emphasizes reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among people who are currently unable to stop using.
Uses of SPICT
The tool is being used within a pilot to enhance the capacity of Ottawa Inner City Health to provide palliation of suffering and troubling symptoms to homeless people who are frail, living with chronic disease and those at risk of developing life threatening illnesses. The intent in implementing this strategy is to compliment active treatment and restorative care while minimizing the suffering of those living with complex health needs. This approach will be appropriate for any client considered to be “frail” and not limited by a diagnosis, prognosis, age or willingness to accept palliative care.
To measure the prevalence of need among our client group, a baseline measure will be established using the SPICT tool by engaging different clinical providers within our organization.
The results of this pilot will be used to develop an implementation plan and, to identify key interventions. The interventions will include physical illness, mental illness, substance use, spiritual and social needs and will be subject to measure of impact to determine whether or not they are effective with our population.
Contact: Mr Jamie Muckle Msc
South West Hospice Palliative Care Network, South Western Ontario – South West LHIN
Information and resources about Hospice and Palliative Care Services in the South West LHIN, including up to date and relevant tools and resources related to palliative care.
You will be kept abreast of current research, best practices and commentary related to palliative care and you will be informed of relevant educational events and meetings.
Uses of SPICT
The SPICT Tool has been identified in the South West LHIN as a resource that promotes early identification of individuals in need of palliative care. Currently the SPICT Tool is being used in Grey Bruce and will be piloted in Oxford County, London Middlesex, Huron Perth and Elgin County in various settings. The vision is to promote early identification across the SWLHIN and standardize use of the SPICT Tool in acute care, community, residential hospice and primary care. The South West Local Health Integration Network looks forward to use of the electronic SPICT Tool.
Contact: Lisa Rigg