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FROM THE DAILY SCAN: “WE’RE CONSTANTLY CHALLENGING THIS IDEA THAT PALLIATIVE CARE IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THOSE WHO ARE DYING”

At the height of the Long Term Care COVID-19 outbreaks last year, Jenica Burns and Kelly Konyk, two members of the Providence Health Care’s Palliative Outreach and Consult Team (POCT), were seconded to various sites across the Lower Mainland to help staff meet the complex needs of vulnerable residents stricken by the virus.

Often when people hear their family member will be receiving palliative support in a long-term care setting, they assume that their loved one is at the end of their life, but that’s not always so. During several COVID outbreaks, Jenica and Kelly were able to provide education for staff, mobilize resources, support families and help alleviate symptoms for residents ill with COVID, the majority of whom recovered from the virus.

“We’re constantly challenging this idea that palliative care is specifically for those who are dying,” says Jenica. “It’s not black or white. You can receive a palliative approach to care while receiving treatment; these two things should be woven together.”

Read the full story on The Daily Scan.

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This page last updated May 4, 2021 5:37pm PDT