HPCO hosted its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2016 where its Annual Report was released. The report details a year filled with significant achievements and highlights – not the least of which was a government announcement of $75 million investment in hospice palliative care in Ontario. The report is peppered with pictures from HPCO’s members and hospice organizations – telling real stories of care and compassion from communities throughout the province.
IT’S ABOUT CONVERSATIONS. IT’S ABOUT WISHES. IT’S HOW WE CARE FOR EACH OTHER. Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself. It means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak Continue reading →
KUDOS! Four Ontario Visiting Hospice Services Receive Full Accreditation Congratulations to the first four visiting hospice services to receive full accreditation under HPCO’s revised Accreditation program. Of the four hospices that submitted evidence for peer review, all four achieved a full accreditation! Congratulations to the following four hospices: Better Living Health & Community Services Hospice of Windsor & Essex County North Perth Community Hospice St. Joseph’s Hospice (London) HPCO would like to recognize the hospice teams who embraced this opportunity to present evidence for review by a Continue reading →
The Honourable Minister Eric Hoskins announced a $100 million investment in Home & Community Care as part of $750 million investment in Ontario’s Patients First strategy. $80 million will support enhanced home care for those who need it most while $20 million will support caregiver respite. This investment puts the needs of patients, clients and caregivers front and centre. Minister Hoskins said, ‘home is where people wish to be and home is where they can be,’ since flexibility offers an opportunity for individuals to remain at home, Continue reading →
Every year, about 26,000 hours of service are received by more than 1,800 palliative patients through volunteer visiting programs across Northeastern Ontario. Beyond a capture of the number of hours, the number of families and the number of volunteers, there has not been a way to measure the impact of this valuable work. As a result of a new initiative, performance indicators ensuring quality support will soon be available. Seven visiting hospice programs supported by the North East LHIN have been chosen by HPCO to Continue reading →
Sharon Carstairs Order of Canada The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, Senator (retired), Senate of Canada is among 109 new inductees into the Order of Canada announced by Governor General David Johnston this week. She is receiving the honour for her work as a palliative care champion which includes her 2010 reportRaising the Bar: A Roadmap to the Future of Palliative Care in Canada. Carstairs currently sits on CHPCA’s Champion’s Council, a group comprised of key leaders in Canada who have offered to advance the profile of hospice palliative care across Continue reading →
Rick Firth, HPCO’s President and CEO was on hand at Roger’s House In Ottawa when John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South announced details of increased investments in hospice services across the province by $13.9 million over three years as part of a $75 million investment announced in the 2016 Spring Budget. The $13.9 million additional investment across the province will increase funding for existing hospice beds by $15,000 per adult bed and $22,400 per paediatric bed. Read More
Happy National Nursing Week to all those who bring expert care and compassion to the bedsides of individuals with life-limiting illness, their families and friends. On behalf of Ontario’s hospice palliative care sector, THANK YOU for all you do.
In an era of widespread digital communication, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and Saint Elizabeth are teaming up to make online learning accessible to thousands of hospice volunteers across the province. Leveraging the unique strengths of their organizations, the partners are working collaboratively to update and transform existing classroom-based training into interactive e-learning modules that volunteers may complete at their own pace. The program improves access to volunteer training for a larger pool of volunteers, overcoming existing barriers such as busy schedules and geographic location. Continue reading →
When Ottawa South MPP, John Fraser spoke at HPCO’s annual conference last spring, his words instilled confidence in the nearly 700 attendees in the room that day – and more so since, through 16 consultations across the province over the last several months – that he was indeed the right person, in the right place at the right time, doing the right work. It’s his personal experience that has brought him to ‘this job, this office, this responsibility’ saying he feels like ‘this is where I’m Continue reading →