As a loved approaches their final days, it can be difficult to know what to expect. This video explores what family and staff can expect for their loved one at the end of life.
This video explores why a palliative approach to care is particularly important for people with late stage dementia. Strengthening a palliative approach in long-term care, known as SPA-LTC, is about making sure that people with life-limiting illnesses have more opportunities to experience a high quality of life from the moment they enter long-term care to the day of their death.
A 20-minute video that explores the essential role of family caregivers in long-term care.
A Staff Planning Checklist to be referenced and completed before a palliative care conference.
A questionnaire for Resident/SDM/Family members to complete before Palliative Care Conferences.
A summary form to be used in Palliative Care Conferences
Learning about Dementia and Care near the End of Life: Asking questions of health care providers can sometimes be hard. Many of us simply do not know the questions we could be asking to help us better understand and plan for the future. This question prompt sheet has been designed to open up conversations between you, your family, and members of the health care staff. The answers to these questions may not be simple or straightforward; dementia affects each person in different ways.
Dr. Tamara Sussman contributes to this moving podcast about life in Quebec Long-Term Care during the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down.
After a stroke left him locked in his own body, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana has found ways to lead an incredibly full life. Then the pandemic came. It swept through Quebec, leaving a trail of devastation. Today, Rabbi Cahana is one of the thousands of Quebeckers left stranded in the middle of one of the worst disasters in modern Canadian history.
Dr. Tamara Sussman explores “Navigating Stress and Loss when Caring for a Loved one with Dementia” with Claire Webster from McGill Cares. A 38 minute youtube video
A list of in-person and online courses about communication and advance care planning for healthcare professionals
This template can be adapted for policies about palliative and end-of-life programs in long-term care
The interprofessional palliative champion team is a key element necessary for the successful delivery of palliative care. This document can be adapted so that long-term care homes can create their own terms of reference for their palliative champion teams.
A list of educational resources that are specifically for personal support workers
A list of online and in-person educational courses for healthcare professionals about pain management
A list of grief and bereavement education courses for healthcare professionals
Finding a way to let other residents know of a resident’s passing can be difficult at times. Here are a few options for announcing a resident’s death that are respectful, honouring and focus on remembering lives lived.
A chart that explains the different terminology for advance care planning by province.
A list of websites with Advance Care Planning resources
A video excerpt that outlines a reflective debriefing session to support people and practice in long-term care. The facilitator asks the staff to talk about what went well, what didn’t go so well, and what can be learned moving forward.