Palliative care treats the physical and emotional symptoms that occur during the last stages of life. It includes treatments such as medicine, physical therapy, nutrition management, counselling, and coordination with hospice, mental health providers, and more. In addition to making the resident as comfortable as possible, palliative treatment includes support groups, planning resources for family members, and other emotional support.
Ultimately, we all want to end our lives in quiet dignity, free from pain, in a place where we feel at home, surrounded by family or friends. At Sunrise, our palliative care services are provided with the care, compassion and professionalism that both the resident and their families need during this final challenge in everyone’s life.
The final stages of a person’s life can be even more of a complicated and emotionally overwhelming experience for the family of someone with late-stage dementia or a terminal illness. Sunrise team members work with medical staff, hospices and other professionals whenever needed in order to provide a comfortable environment for the resident and to relieve suffering as much as possible.
We continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis, following public health advice. We've a detailed set of criteria to inform when an individual home can be reopened safely to limited visiting either by families of existing residents or by potential new residents who may want to view one of our homes. The majority of our homes are open for admissions.
As part of our approach to reopening for visitors, we'll be operating in a very different way. To minimise the risk of infection we've produced a safety guide.
We'll continue to follow public health advice to determine when visits will return to normal and will continue to do our best to support residents to keep in touch with loved ones.