I Need Palliative Care

A specialized form of health care

Our partners in hospice palliative care aim to improve the quality of life for those living with a life-limiting illness, as well as their families. Hospice palliative care addresses the specific physical, psychological, social, spiritual, and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears on an individual basis.

Hospice Simcoe’s Visiting Hospice Service is a valuable part of the palliative approach to care in the community and provides social, emotional, spiritual and practical support to those who are living with a life-limiting illness. Our trained social workers and volunteers provide support in the comfort of your own home and add to the support provided by your existing care circle.

Hospice Simcoe has a 10-bed end-of-life residential hospice located in Barrie. We work together with you and your family to provide pain and symptom management, psycho-social, emotional, and practical support, 24 hours a day by a team of nurses, PSW’s, physicians and volunteers.

Learn More: Hospice Simcoe

Home is often the most comforting and supportive place to be when you and your family are facing end-of-life care and decisions. The North Simcoe Muskoka Home and Community Care team forms an integral part of your circle of care as you or your family member enter this phase of life. They work closely with your existing supports and professional services and bring in additional services as needed.

Learn More: Home and Community Care Support Services

The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about advanced illness, palliative care, loss and grief, to people living with illness, family members, people working in healthcare, educators, and researchers.

Learn More: Canadian Virtual Hospice

This toolkit includes resources and reference material for First Nations, Métis and Inuit families and communities. It can be used to help support people with cancer who have palliative care needs. These education materials can be used by anyone in the community.

Learn More: Cancer Care Ontario

Grief and Bereavement supports for patients
and their families.

Grief is an individual experience, however it does not need to be done alone. Using a person-centred approach Hospice Simcoe can provide support unique to the individual’s needs, while offering a community where people can openly share in their grief.

Learn More: Hospice Simcoe

Since 1995, Seasons Centre for Grieving Children has been providing peer to peer support for children between the ages of 5 and 24 years who are grieving the death of an immediate family member.

Learn More: Seasons Centre

MyGrief.ca is an online resource to help people move through their grief from the comfort of their own home, at their own pace. It can help you understand your grief and approach some of the most difficult questions that may arise.

Learn More: MyGrief.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Palliative care refers to care for patients and their families who are facing a serious, life-limiting
illness. Palliative care is patient-centred coordinated care that aims to relieve suffering and
improve quality of life for patients and their families at all stages of the illness. Palliative care
focuses on a holistic approach to treat the impact that an illness has on patients and their
families, and is often provided in addition to clinical care that focuses on treating the illness

Palliative care is delivered in all care settings, including the following:

  • Individual homes
  • Hospices
  • Long-Term Care Homes
  • Hospitals

There is no cost to patients for medically necessary palliative care services in their homes,
hospices, or hospitals. For example, this includes any treatments that a physician may provide.

Advance Care Planning is a process that encourages patients, family members and health care providers to talk about patients' health care wishes, in case there comes a time when the patient may not be able to make his or her own health care decisions. While Advanced Care Planning conversations can be difficult, they help support patient-centred palliative care and help friends and family by taking away some of the stress and uncertainty that comes at an already emotional time.


Connecting you to non-urgent health advice and information from a registered health care worker.

Call 811 or visit Health811.

211 Ontario

Connecting you to non-emergency community programs and social services.

Call 211 or visit 211 Ontario.