Registered Psychiatric Nurses, Partnering with People
The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that Palliative Care is a service which is made available to provide for the needs of terminally ill persons and their supporters who have determined that treatment for cure or prolongation of life is no longer the primary objective. Paramount is the care of physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.(‘)
Palliative Care – active care which is primarily directed towards improving the quality of life of a dying patient and his or her family when diagnosis and cure are no longer issues – is playing a growing role in Canada’s health care system.(‘)
The Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan believes that the following principles incorporated within the Saskatchewan Department of Health: Guidelines for Developing an Integrated Palliative Care Service, March 1994, should guide the delivery of Palliative Care:
- the terminally ill individual and family control the decisions that direct care.
- service delivery is based on an assessment of the individual’s abilities and available family and community resources.
- the physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs of the terminally ill individual and family are addressed.
- medical, nursing and therapist care are available to provide effective pain and symptom control.
- service plans preserve and promote the autonomy and functional independence of the individual and family.
- service is provided through a coordinated service for assessment, planning and provision of care.
- the provision of physical, psychosocial and spiritual support is promoted and preserved.
- the provision of community based services are the preferred option whenever they provide service appropriate to meet the needs of the individual and family.
- institutional services are appropriate only when the individual’s needs cannot be addressed by the family and available community based services.
- bereavement follow-up and support for families and care providers.
- Saskatchewan Department of Health: Guidelines for Developing an Integrated Palliative Care Service, March 1994.
- Canadian Health Care Management Special Report: Palliative Care in Canada – Catherine
Approved by Council