Tag Archives: palliative care

Calling for the community’s input on Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

When the new Institute for Cancer Care is being designed, industrial planners, staff & physician teams will all have input on it’s schematic. But SMH can’t build a patient-centered facility without their input as well.

All about breast Surgery on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

If a suspicious mass is discovered, there are steps to help identify the nature of the lesion – either benign or malignant. Biopsies, lumpectomies and mastectomies are some of the different procedures involved in identifying the suspicious area.

Patient & family focused palliative care on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Supportive care services at SMH are born from the essence of palliative care; easing difficult conversations, family focused care and quality of life. Providing means for openness can help at a critical time in one’s life.

End of life plans can change in an instant, and decisions can be difficult to make – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As life events happen, a living will or similar plan can change. But if a health event happens & the patient doesn’t have the ability to voice their wish, the family physician, family members or a Healthcare proxy can encourage the right decision.

Determining Your End of Life Plans on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

You may have an idea – or complete documents – about your end of life plans. Informing your family, your caregiver and your Physician is also a very important step. Listen for tips on how to approach the subject.

“Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande has inspired many – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Dying well and palliative care are terms that have become more prevalent in recent years. The book “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande has inspired a local movement to help those navigating end of life.

How Advanced Directives help Supportive Care Services – Part 4 of 4 on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Properly filled-out Advanced Directives, including a Living Will and a Medical Power of Attorney, can help in situations where the patient is unable to speak for themselves. The peace of mind for family is invaluable.

The important role Palliative Care on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

End-of-life care or Supportive Services is a medical specialty dealing with patients who are suffering from serious illness. And while hospice care is associated with terminal illnesses, it is also used to help those suffering  from chronic conditions.