Caregiving Resources

For single copies, download the .pdf and print; For multiple copies, please contact your HPC Consultant or email hpcinfo@hospicewaterloo.ca.

When Someone is Dying: What Can I Expect? What Can I Do?

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Many patients prefer to die at home if the family is willing and able to cope. However, family members become anxious if they don’t know what will happen and what they need to do. Through the Palliative Care Initiatives, the HPC Consultant has a brochure for families that discuss the signs of approaching death and what to do after death. There is no cost for the guide, and it may be ordered for facilities.

When Someone is Dying (Community) Printer-friendly Version for desktop printers or Professional Version for Professional Printing.

Please note: When printing the Community Booklet, please print on yellow paper to distinquish it from the other booklets.

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This guide contains helpful information about what to expect at the end-of-life and may add to what the health care team has already discussed with families. We hope that this guide will help families understand and attend to a loved one’s changing needs and ease any fears or worries.  There is no cost for the guide, and it may be ordered for facilities.

When Someone is Dying (Acute Care) – Printer-friendly Version for desktop printers or Professional Version for Professional Printing.

Please note: When printing the Acute Care Booklet, please print on gray paper to distinquish it from the other booklets.

Long-Term Carewhensomeoneisdying_ltc

This guide contains helpful information about what to expect at the end-of-life and may add to what the health care team has already discussed with families.

We hope that these guide will help families understand and attend to a loved one’s changing needs and ease any fears or worries.  There is no cost for the guide, and it may be ordered for facilities.

When Someone is Dying (Long-Term Care) – Printer-friendly Version for desktop printers or Professional Version for Professional Printing.

Please note: When printing the Long-Term Care Booklet, please print on purple paper to distinquish it from the other booklets.

When Someone Dies – Some Next Steps for Family and Friends

The death of a relative or friend is one of the most stressful things that happens in life. If dealth is sudden or unexpected, the feeling of shock can seem overwhelming. Even when death is expected, it is still difficult to be prepared. While this booklet cannot anticipate every situation, we hope that it will answer some of your questions and help you make necessary arrangements.

When Someone Dies – Download

A_Caregivers_GuideCaregiver’s Guide: A Handbook About End-Of-Life Care

Written especially for family caregivers, this guide, plainly and in language easily understood, presents the medical and nursing information needed to help family caregivers understand the difficulties their loved ones are facing.  This informative tool aids family caregivers in becoming valuable members of the palliative care team while, at the same time, providing support physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Caregiver’s Guide – Purchase

ResuscitationResuscitation – A Decision-Making Guide for Patients, Families, and Caregivers

This pamphlet provides you with information to answer important questions that you as a patient, family member or caregiver may have about the term “resuscitation”.  Resuscitation is the word used to describe the actions that are taken to attempt to bring a person back to life when he/she has stopped breathing or his/her heart has stopped beating.

Resuscitation – A Decision-Making Guide – Download

Pain Intensity Scale Translations (21 Languages)

There is a new booklet available throughout Waterloo Region, Wellington-Dufferin to assist health care providers looking after patients who do not speak English. Translated into 21 languages, the pain scale assessment asks 6 questions of the patient on a scale of 0 to 10 about their pain. The English is on the back of each of the pages. The pages should be photocopied for ongoing use with a patient to evaluate effectiveness of treatment.

Pain Intensity Scale Translations – Tool Translations Page

Caring_Across_CulturesCaring Across Cultures – Multicultural Considerations in Palliative Care

Caring Across Cultures is intended to be a useful resource for caregivers working within a cultural mosaic. It is not…a scientific or academically objective document. Rather it has evolved from a grassroots investigation that has been primarily informed by interviews with community leaders and experts in palliative care.

Caring Across Cultures – Order Form

Comfort_Care_-_A_Guide_for_CaregiverrsComfort Care – A Guide for Caregivers

This guide is intended for caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s Disease or by another type of degenerative disease of the brain, such as Parkinson’s Disease, the effects of multiple strokes or even certain forms of Multiple Sclerosis.

Comfort Care – Download

Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) Translation

  • 18 Languages in alphabetical order by language.
  • If you are caring for a person and family who speak another language, this tool will assist you in assessing their physical and psychological needs.

ESAS Translation – Tool Translations Page