Lacombe oversees the Palliative Care unit’s function to make sure patients are getting services they need, staff are getting support to provide those services, and families’ needs are met. “It’s obviously an extremely emotional time,” she says, “so my door is always open.”
In addition to ensuring pain and symptoms are being managed and patients are engaging in activities and meals as much as they are able, Lacombe and the Palliative Care team have organized some very special — and unexpected — events for patients.
“One patient had never been able to afford a wedding ring for his wife and it was his wish to give her one,” Lacombe recounts. The man dreamed of having a proper wedding service, regretting that financial circumstances had never allowed for one.
“Our social worker and staff were able to get a simple ring for him, contacted his clergy and set up the Providence chapel, so husband and wife could renew their vows.” MORE