PAL150 - Comfort Measures

Outline info
Last revision date 2018-07-13 14:33:01.187
Last review date 2018-07-13 14:33:01.189

Subject Title
Comfort Measures

Subject Description
The focus will be on comfort measures for the terminally ill patient. There will be an emphasis placed on promoting a realistic independence for the client based on his/her support systems.

Credit Status
One Credit Towards Palliative Care Certificate

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a knowledge of factors affecting comfort and utilize measures to promote comfort for the terminally ill.
2. Design a plan to utilize comfort measures for the terminally ill based on individual needs.
3. Utilize various therapeutic techniques to meet the physical, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual needs of client, family and significant others.
4. Promote realistic independence of client, family, and significant other.
5. Provide empathy and support to client and family to meet their individual needs.
6. Identify and anticipate various stages of client's disease process and assist the client and family to cope with same.
7. Apply the above objectives in both the institutional and the community setting.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline
Symptom Management
Complementary Therapies
Support for Families
Dying Process

Mode of Instruction
This subject is delivered online. This may involve the use of digital materials and/or a text, group discussions, interaction with your instructor and online activities.

Prescribed Texts
Palliative Nursing: Improving End of Life Care, 2nd Edition
Shaun Kinghorn, Richard Gaines
Elsevier Science
ISBN 9780702028168

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Student Profile 5%
Reflective Journals 20%
Assignments 55%
Portfolio 20%
Total 100%

Approved by: Lisa Harfield