The Harold and Shirley Lederman Palliative Care Centre is an inpatient unit on the 16th floor of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Patients with life-threatening illnesses are admitted to our unit to help manage complex physical, psychological and social issues, including support for family and friends. We also work with patients and their family to arrange transfer home with home care support or to a community palliative care unit after patients have received care.
The Harold and Shirley Lederman Palliative Care Centre has 10 private rooms and 1 semi-private room, for a total of 12 beds. Care is provided by an interdisciplinary team that includes but is not limited to: physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, social workers, spiritual care professionals, music therapists and art therapists. A member of your health care team needs to refer you to the centre before you are admitted. When patients are ready for discharge (ready to leave) from the Palliative Care Centre, the process is carefully coordinated with patients, their family, home care and, if needed, other health care professionals, such as oncologists.
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Palliative and end-of-life care is a special area of health care that focuses on improving the quality of life of people with life-threatening illnesses. During an admission to our unit, our team will suggest care plans to help:
- Relieve physical and psychological symptoms including pain and depression
- Support patients and family
- Plan for the future
Our goal is to help patients live as actively and comfortably as possible. We respect all beliefs, cultures, faiths and values, and strive to provide palliative and end-of-life care for all patients and families that need it.