Home Care provides palliative and end-of-life care in a person’s home in every region in the NWT. The health care providers are usually community health nurses, licensed practical nurses or home care nurses. Some of these providers have obtained specialized palliative care training. Home Support Workers and Community Health Representatives are available to help with non-medical supports. Physician and nurse practitioner support for home-based palliation is often provided by phone, where there are no resident physicians or nurse practitioners. In larger communities with resident physicians and/or nurse practitioners the clinician may be able to make a home visit.

End-of-life care is available in all acute care settings across the territory. Inpatient facilities in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Fort Smith and Hay River provide varying levels of specialized inpatient end-of-life care as needed.

End-of-life care is also available in long term care (LTC) facilities for residents as needed; and, for clients in the community or Region who request a LTC facility for their end-of-life care. At present, the NWT has 13 beds located in LTC facilities where end-of-life care can be provided. New LTC facilities being built in the NWT will have designated beds for community use for palliative and/or respite care.