Visiting the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul’s Hospital
- Visiting hours at St. Paul’s Hospital Palliative Care In-Patient Unit are usually unrestricted, 24 hours a day. Children may also visit, but must be well supervised and respectful of other patients on the unit. There are two quiet rooms where family members may stay overnight.
- People receiving palliative care often tire easily. Keeping visits to about 20-30 minutes is usually best. If the person is getting tired, it’s best to allow them to rest and return to visit later. You can be of help to a loved one or friend by being accommodating of their feelings when they are tired or feeling ill.
- If you plan to bring flowers please do not include any lilies as many people have unpleasant reactions to lilies. Please also refrain from bringing cut flowers, potted plants, wearing perfume, scented hand cream or after-shave when you visit.
- Food from home is often a wonderful treat; but it is a good idea if you plan on bringing food in to check with the nurses on any dietary restrictions.
- If someone does not wish to have visitors, it is important to respect their wishes. When people are very ill, sometimes they want only immediate family to visit. Visiting can be exhausting for someone who is ill. While being asked not to visit may be upsetting, especially for close friends, you should remember that it is sometimes just too much for someone in palliative care. Sending a card or handwritten note is another way to let them know you are thinking of them and that you care.
- As a person’s condition deteriorates, often so too does their ability to participate in conversations. Your presence can still be very soothing. Your physical presence, the sound of your voice, and the touch of your hand can still bring reassurance and comfort to a loved one.
- If you are in doubt about whether or not you should visit someone receiving palliative care, contact the family or the nurses desk on the Palliative Care Unit at 306-655-5530