What is Hospice Care?

Hospice Care

Hospice care is for people who have learned from doctors that they are not expected to live much longer. It’s about easing pain and helping families prepare for the end of life. Hospice care focuses on the care, comfort, and quality of life of a person who typically has six months or less to live, […]

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is an approach to medical care that is designed to improve the quality of life for people at any stage of a life-threatening or chronic illness. The intent of this type of care is not to cure the disease, but to ease symptoms, stress and side effects before and after treatments. Oftentimes, palliative […]

Looking After Yourself When Caregiving for an ICU Patient

Looking After Yourself When a Loved One is in ICU The rest of your life does not stop when your family member is admitted to the ICU. You may still have work commitments, a mortgage to pay, a house to maintain, or other family and pets to care for. It is important that you continue […]

When a Loved One is in the ICU

When a Loved One is in the ICU Visit Your Family Member: Most ICUs encourage visiting patients with few restrictions. You may feel comfortable doing this, or you may feel frightened or unsure of what to do. The ICU health care team can help you feel more comfortable. When a patient is first admitted to an ICU, it […]

Learn About the ICU

Learn About the ICU An Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a department in the hospital that provides specialized care for patients. It is sometimes also called a critical care unit. The health care team in the ICU has experience treating patients with severe and life-threatening illnesses or injuries. While your family member is in the […]

CBC, Alberta at Noon

Dr. Daren Heyland recently spoke with Judy Aldous, host of CBC’s radio program, Alberta at Noon about the ongoing issues caregivers are facing, especially in long-term care during the pandemic. Dr. Heyland reinforced the concerns around the current lack of caregivers rights and how caregivers need to be more involved especially when it comes to […]