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Canuck Place is a leader in Pediatric Palliative Care

Nursing Workload Assessment Tool/Acuity Scale

The Nursing Workload Assessment Tool is based on the level of care needs and acuity of the children that stay at Canuck Place. This tool is used daily to determine workload, staffing levels, staffing mix and our capacity for admitting children.

Pediatric Palliative Care Consultation

The clinical staff at Canuck Place provide consultation in pediatric palliative care to families and healthcare professionals throughout British Columbia.

Canuck Place staff consult on pain and symptom management and complex psychosocial issues with hospital and community nurses, physicians and other care providers.


Canuck Place utilizes telehealth (video-based conferencing) to connect to families and clinicians throughout British Columbia and the world.

Telehealth enables clinicians to discuss the clinical care and coordination of services for a specific child and provides a medium for educational and team-learning sessions.

Resource Materials on Parenting a Dying Child

Staff from Canuck Place and BC Children’s Hospital developed a collection of 30 pamphlets to help parents, caregivers and families in carrying for their child.

These pamphlets cover such topics as critical decision-making, pain and symptom management, emotional issues, talking about dying, after the death of a child and moving on. They include specific, practical information to support and guide families through their experiences as well as quotes, ideas and personal stories from others who have been there.  For more information or to download a copy of the Parenting a Dying Child Resource Package, visit the Family & Kids Corner.

Teen Support Group

Within the context of the transition program, Canuck Place offers a teen support group to provide the setting for young people to explore issues related to adolescent development amidst a progressive, life-threatening illness.

The primary goal of the group is to provide a safe and mutually supportive environment for the exploration of various teen issues.  The group explores physical development and losses related to illness, emotions, independence, sexuality and social intimacy, mentorship, family relationships, survival and courage, and social support.

Exploration occurs through the use of various expressive therapies. Within the context of this group, the strengths perspective is integrated, appreciating the teens' individual skills and abilities and their innate capacities for growth.