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Patient Care

Improved quality of life for patients

Palliative medicine specialists in our division work as part of a team of allied health care professionals who provide a broad range of palliative care including:

  • management of pain and other symptoms
  • social, psychological, emotional and spiritual support
  • occupational therapy, physiotherapy and social work
  • bereavement support
  • music therapy
  • support for family, friends and caregivers
  • information about financial, legal and other services
  • end of life care

Physicians provide 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency and on-call coverage for the Integrated Palliative Care Service, which includes patients in the community and hospital. Our division members provide attending inpatient service coverage, inpatient consultation service, outpatient clinics and home consults, as well as visits to nursing homes.

Nova Scotia's first residential palliative care hospice

Halifax’s first residential palliative care hospice is scheduled to open in December 2017. The two grey houses at 618/620 Francklyn Street will be renovated and connected in order to make one ten-bed, two-story residential hospice that will retain the history and warmth of the original houses.

On May 17, 2016, the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax and Nova Scotia Health Authority signed a Memorandum of Agreement to collaborate on the establishment of a 10-bed residential hospice in Halifax.

Hospice Halifax entered a 99-year land lease with the Atlantic School of Theology on April 1, 2016 and will launch a capital campaign in the near future to raise the $6 million dollars required for the renovation and development of the hospice residence. NSHA will fund 50% of operations and lead a hospice working group to develop standards that guide space design, care, referral and admission processes.

"There are more than 65 residential hospices across Canada with many more in development. We are thrilled that residential hospice will soon be an option for Nova Scotians as well” said Wendy Fraser, CEO of Hospice Halifax.

"At the end of life, everyone deserves integrated, culturally competent palliative care in the setting of their choice," said Premier Stephen McNeil. "This new facility will make hospice care an option for people in the Halifax area."

The agreement helps further the vision of the provincial palliative care strategy launched in 2014. Dr. Rob Horton, Division of Palliative Medicine, and colleagues have been instrumental in the development of Halifax's first palliative care hospice.

Adding this new capacity is also part of the plan to relocate services from the aging Centennial Building at the VG site of the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

Hospice Halifax is a registered not-for-profit organization that supports people affected by life-limiting illness, death, grief or loss.