Palliative Care

Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying. It strives to help individuals and families to:

  • address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears
  • prepare for and manage end-of-life choices and the dying process
  • cope with loss and grief
  • treat all active issues and prevent new issues from occurring
  • promote opportunities for meaningful and valuable experiences, and personal and spiritual growth

Palliative Care is:

  • Appropriate for any individual 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 or needs, and are prepared to accept care
  • May be provided alongside treatments for the disease, or may become the total focus of care
  • Most effectively delivered by an inter-professional team of health care providers skilled in all parts of the caring process related to hospice palliative care that includes the patient, their caregiver(s) and often volunteers
  • Person-centred and family-centred, respecting their social, spiritual and cultural practices
  • Includes end-of-life care but is not limited to the time immediately before death

Accessing Local Services

Visit Healthline to learn more about how the broad range of local services available including: Advance Care Planning, Home and Community Care Support, Caregiver Support Services, and Bereavement Support. For more information, please call the Central East LHIN at 1-800-263-3877 or visit or

Provincial Direction

Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN)

The Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) is a province-wide partnership of healthcare providers and organizations, health system planners, patients, families and caregivers. We are working together to ensure the delivery of coordinated, high-quality hospice palliative care for everyone in Ontario, regardless of their age, illness, or where they live.

  • The Ontario Palliative Care Competency Framework 
    • The Ontario Palliative Care Competency Framework describes the knowledge, personal attributes and skills that prepare health and social care professionals to apply the principles of palliative care in practice.
  • Model to improve palliative care in the community

Central East LHIN Direction

Four Strategic Palliative Priorities Include

  • Establish common and consistent palliative care terminology to be utilized across the Central East LHIN sub-regions.
  • Establish a purposeful and deliberate coordination of care process at points of transition across all care settings.
  • Establish and implement an Advance Care Planning Strategy.
  • Review and continue implementation of an education strategy for health service providers.

Regional Key Accomplishments

Central East Regional Palliative Care Network Steering Committee (CERPNSC)

The Central East Regional Palliative Care Network Steering Committee was developed to provide collaborative leadership to advance high quality, integrated, patient-centred palliative care across all sectors based on best practices in accordance with OPCN direction and in alignment with the CERCPN Strategic Plan.

The following are a number of palliative care priority projects and investments which have contributed to and will continue to contribute to Palliative Care:

Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultation

  • support for service providers in-home care agencies, long-term care homes, community support services, and primary care settings by providing access to Palliative Pain and Symptom Management Consultants

Community Palliative Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program

  • program intended to strengthen community supports by enhancing the availability of NPs and the capacity to facilitate quality care to palliative clients in the home

Palliative Care Community Teams (PCCT): Community Visiting Hospice Programs

  • improve quality of life for individuals living with advanced illness, dying, and/or bereaved
  • interdisciplinary team-based models providing clinical and non-clinical community-based care to palliative and end-of-life patients
  • partners include hospice services, hospital, family health teams, community health centres, specialty care, and community service providers

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) 

  • Assisting in the implementation of policies and procedures to support the provision of MAID within a number of community settings (private dwellings, hospitals, retirement homes, and Long-Term Care homes)

Hospice Residences

  • supporting the development of hospice residence services in the LHIN to provide alternative options for patients at end-of-life


Palliative Care Education Plan 

  • a regional plan intended to increase access to specialized palliative care education and training opportunities across all settings, including community and long-term care

Advance Care Planning (ACP) - click HERE for provincial resources

  • ACP education and training to support clinicians and caregivers

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