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Ontario’s Doctors Launch End of Life Care Plan

TORONTO, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ – Have you thought about who would make decisions for you if you’re not in a position to make them for yourself? Only 25% of Canadians over age 30 have made end-of-life care plans and just over 40% of those over age 70 have done so.  People rarely talk about their end-of-life wishes and Ontario’s doctors want to change that. Today, OMA Past-President Dr. Scott Wooder officially launched a provincial framework to enhance care for people at the end of Continue reading →

Happy Nursing Week!

This is Nursing Week!  A sincere thanks to all nurses for the great care they provide every day! In addition to great care, nurses are the link between all of the people caring for someone with a progressive life-limiting illness. In home care, hospital units, complex continuing care, residential hospice, long-term care, and on interdisciplinary teams, nurses play a critical role. Thank you for compassionate, professional care and for bringing comfort to your patients and support to their family caregivers. For more information about nursing week, Continue reading →

Busting The Myths About Hospice Palliative Care #3

MYTH: I can only get palliative care in a hospital FACT: Palliative care services are offered in many places, including hospitals, long term care facilities, and hospices and in your own home. Some supporting statistics: When asked, most people have indicated that they would prefer to die at home in the presence of loved ones[iv], yet almost 70% of Canadian deaths occur in a hospital.[v] Ontario found that between 20 and 50% of people on waiting lists for residential long-term care could age safely and cost-effectively at home Continue reading →

Caregiver Show on Wednesday May 14

The Caregiver Show is just a week away on Wednesday, May 14 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Almost 8 million Canadians are family caregivers, however, many of these caregivers do not know about the resources available to them to provide the best care for their families. The Caregiver Show is a one-day resource fair with free admission for family caregivers where they can learn about the variety of products and services available for their caregiving needs – all in one location. There will be a Continue reading →

Busting The Myths About Hospice Palliative Care #2

MYTH: Receiving hospice palliative care means you’ll die soon FACT: Hospice palliative care is not just for the final days or months of life. It’s holistic approach that includes pain and symptom management, caregiver support, spiritual care, bereavement and much more. Some supporting statistics:  Over three in ten Canadians (32%) personally suffer from a chronic illness while four in ten (39%) have a sufferer in their immediate family. When taken together, six in ten Canadians (57%) either personally suffer from a chronic illness or have Continue reading →

Busting The Myths About Hospice Palliative Care #1

MYTH: Hospice palliative care is just for seniors FACT: Hospice palliative care is provided to people of all ages – from infancy to adulthood. As a matter of fact, Canada has six hospices dedicated to pediatric palliative care. Adults in their prime also die, and we need to ensure that them and their families are properly supported and prepared for the end-of-life, no matter their age. Some supporting statistics: Pediatric palliative care programs in Canada care for a diverse population of patients with a wide Continue reading →

Videos about Hospice Palliative Care

A new page has been added to our website with videos for the public about hospice palliative care. The page is at www.hpco.ca/videos-about-HPC. The page contains videos from YouTube that illustrate services provided by palliative home care, visiting hospice services, residential hospices, as well as perspectives of individuals receiving hospice palliative care. Hospice and palliative care organizations may submit videos about hospice palliative care for consideration providing they do not contain an appeal for funds. To submit a video, please contact Anna LeCoche at alecoche Continue reading →

Thanks For An Exceptional Conference!

To all the delegates that attended conference April 28-30: It was great to see so many people at this year’s conference. A sincere thank you to the 520 delegates who attended the 2014 Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference!  You told us through the conference that it was a first class, high quality educational event.  You also told us that the calibre of the workshops, posters, and oral presentations was outstanding!  Thanks to the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North for exceptional service and excellent food.  Our closing gala and Continue reading →