Palliative Care Services

The philosophy of Hospice Palliative Care stems from the belief that life is meant to be lived with dignity and comfort until the end, surrounded by a circle of support.

Palliative Care or Hospice-Palliative Care is a special kind of health care for individuals and families who are living with or dying from life limiting illness or who are bereaved. Hospice Palliative Care strives to help patients and families address physical, psychological, spiritual, social and practical issues surrounding the end of life and deal with their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears. With emphasis on the dignity of the person, it aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life.

Palliative care should be introduced early to partients living with life limiting illness as part of the total care structure to allow appropriate time for patient and family support. Hospice-Palliative Care can span a period of days, weeks, months or even years. It is appropriate for patients of all ages who are dealing with a life threatening illness - we provice service to patients of all ages and their families.

Palliative Care in Annapolis Valley Health (AVH)

Palliative Care physicians are available for consultation in the home, nursing home or in hospital throughout AVH. They will provide support and education for skills development of health care providers working in Palliative Care. The strength of Annapolis Valley Health’s Palliative Care program is closely linked to its strong partnerships with VON, Continuing Care Nova Scotia, volunteer groups, Cancer Care Nova Scotia, long term care facilities and other community groups in the district. Our inpatient facilities provide Palliative Care services for those patients who cannot remain at home.


Volunteer Support for Palliative Care

Mid-Valley Palliative Care in the Middleton area
Anna Goski, Volunteer Coordinator
(902) 825-6160 ext: 280

VON Annapolis Valley
(902) 678-3415

Bereavement and Loss Material

The Grieving Person’s Bill of Rights


Helpful Links and Resources

HELP - Bed Loan Program

Department of Continuing Care

Living Lessons

Seniors LINCS Program

AVH Mental Health

Canadian Virtual Hospice

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Cancer Care Nova Scotia 

Department of Health and Wellness
-Personal Directives