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Palliative Care

Palliative Care is the provision of skilled, compassionate interdisciplinary professional and volunteer care for people whose disease does not respond to curative treatment.

Palliative Care is presently provided throughout the region in hospitals, personal care homes and in the home, by a variety of caregivers including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, home care workers, social workers, spiritual care, families, friends and volunteers. The goal is the best possible quality of life for clients and their families.

Components of this program include:

Palliative Care Resources

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Interdisciplinary team approach
  • Volunteer services
  • Grief and bereavement support
  • Information services
  • Education, Research, Resource Library
  • Community care and involvement
  • Care-giver support
  • Links with other programs/services
  • Resources for comfort care (e.g. specialized equipment)

Our staff have created this valuable resource for families that have experienced a death - please click to view After death happens - a resource guide


Tammie-Lee Rogowski

Clinical Team Manager

Regional Palliative Care Program,

Wound Care Program and

Home Care Nursing Program

Office: 204-785-7756

Cell: 204-485-0253



Palliative Care Nurse Specialists

Palliative Care Psychosocial Specialists

Laura Klammer

Palliative Care Nurse Specialist –
West & Central

Office: 204-785-7535

Cell: 204-485-2197



Melanie Bernas

Palliative Care Nurse Specialist –
East & Selkirk

Office: 204-785-7536

Cell: 204-485-2624



Vera Appleyard

Palliative Care Psychosocial Specialist –
West & Central

Office: 204-886-4315

Cell: 204-461-3414



Susan Barnett

Palliative Care Psychosocial Specialist –
East & Selkirk

Office: 204-753-5251
Cell:  204-340-0204



For Palliative Care volunteer opportunities & training click here.

Helpful links:
Palliative Care Info.
Canadian Virtual Hospice 


Grief Support Links:

Dementia & Staff Grief
Grief Support
Living My Culture:  Helping to honour your culture, spirituality & traditions. People from various cultures share their stories & wisdom about living with serious illness, end of life and grief to support others. 

Financial Support Information Links:

Compassionate Care Benefits are Employment Insurance benefits paid to people who have to be away from work temporarily to provide care or support to a family member who is gravely ill and who has a significant risk of death within 26 weeks (6 months).  A maximum of 26 weeks of compassionate care benefits may be paid to eligible people. Click here for more information on Employment Insurance Compassionate Care Benefits

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) provides disability benefits to people who have made enough contributions to the CPP and who are disabled and cannot work at any job on a regular basis.  Benefits may also be available to the dependent children.  Click here for more information on CPP disability benefits.

Survivor Benefits under the Canada Pension Plan may be available to the estate and to survivors of the deceased.  There are 3 kinds of survivor benefits:  surviving spouse's pension, orphan's benefits, and death benefits.  Application for these benefits should be made as soon as possible.  If not made within a year of death, there may be a loss of benefits.  For more information, contact Canada Pension Plan toll-free at 1-800-277-9914 or click the link below to be redirected to their website.  

Advanced Care Planning Links:

Advanced Care Planning Workbook
Manitoba Health Care Directive Information and Manitoba Health Care Directive Form


































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