Walking the Path of Complicated Grief Webinar Series

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is hosting a new series titled, Walking the Path of Complicated Grief! The third wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic has emphasized the extensive amount of complicated grief that people are experiencing. This twelve session webinar series will be facilitated by Eugene Dufour BA, MDiv, and will take place every Wednesday, from 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m. and will begin on May 26, 2021. The series will focus on the latest research and clinical interventions on complicated grief as it relates to COVID-19 and participants will be given practical tools that will Continue reading →

Dragons’ Den Symposium Winner: Getting It Right from the Start Teaching Health Care Professional Learners Person-Centred Decision-Making through Simulated Patient Encounters

Presented by:  Traci Franklin, MSW RSW – tfranklin@hsnsudbury.ca Renée Mallet, MSW RSW – rmallet@hsnsudbury.ca Christine Pun, MD CCFP (EM) (PC) FCFP – christine.w.pun@gmail.com Click here to view the slide deck! Current clinical practice in Advance Care Planning (ACP) and Goals of Care (GOC) conversations is inconsistent and not always compliant with the Ontario legal framework.  To rectify this, a culture shift in the way health care providers conceptualize Person-Centred Decision-Making (PCDM) and conduct these essential conversations is paramount.  One strategy is to ensure that health Continue reading →

Dragons’ Den Symposium Winner: Using Patient Stories in a Webinar Format to Enhance Public Education About Advance Care Planning

Presented By: Teresa Barresi BSc., RN, MHS – bteresa@starfht.ca Kenneth Hook BSc., M.D., FCFP (LM) Click here to view the slide deck! The STAR Family Health Team has undertaken to create and deliver a webinar presentation for our patients and the wider community on the topic of Advance Care Planning. Speak Up Ontario information provides the foundational material, augmented with video presentations developed by the Waterloo Wellington LHIN.  But it is the patient stories woven into the presentation that makes it most unique.  Our objective was Continue reading →

Find out who had what it took to step into the Den!

HPCO hosted the Inaugural Dragons’ Den Symposium: Innovation in Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Implementation, on Monday, March 22, 2021. This virtual, interdisciplinary symposium was free to attend and featured current work in Advance Care Planning, Goals of Care, and Health Care Consent implementation across Ontario. Attendees had the opportunity to connect with healthcare providers and experts across sectors, hear about current Person-Centred Decision-Making implementation work, learn about Ontario compliant Advance Care Planning, Goals of Care, and Health Care Consent resources and tools, Continue reading →

Looking for Regional Champions in Toronto!

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST CALL FOR HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE ONTARIO HEALTH CARE CONSENT ADVANCE CARE PLANNING COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE  REGIONAL CHAMPIONS  FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY, CLICK HERE. HPCO ‘s Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning Community of Practice is currently seeking additional Regional Champions to fill vacancies in Toronto (LHIN Region 7, Toronto Central).    Regional Champions are recognized champions in Health Care Consent and Advance Care Planning (HCC ACP) in Ontario. They are appointed individuals from specific areas that have a voluntary role for promoting and implementing HCC and ACP within their geography ideally at Continue reading →

Ask Dr. Sammy: Get advice on your most frustrating experiences while facing serious illness

Hosted by: Dr. Sammy Winemaker and Dr. Hsien Seow Intended Audience: Seniors, Caregivers and families, Volunteers, Compassionate Community members or people interested in learning more about facing serious illness. Description: Do you have a frustrating situation with the health care system about serious illness? Do you have a question about dealing with serious illness that you want to ask, but are too afraid to? This is your chance to Ask Dr. Sammy! In this event, Dr. Sammy will be answering your pre-submitted questions about frustrating Continue reading →

Caregiver Peer Support Group Every Wednesday 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

These sessions are meant to provide a meaningful opportunity to engage in richer discussions and grow your support network of fellow caregivers. As a follow-up to the HPCO Caregiver Education series, these sessions will give everyone the opportunity to talk about whatever is on your mind as a caregiver. The sessions are welcoming to all caregivers and are informal and confidential for you to share with others in similar circumstances your experiences specific to all aspects of caregiving, including expressing challenges, emotions, and embracing vulnerability Continue reading →

Grief Support Group Every Monday 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Grief is a normal process of responding to a loss. The purpose of this grief group will be to encourage participants to safely explore the emotional, physical, social, and spiritual aspects of coping with the death of a relative or friend. A main principle of this grief group will be that whatever is shared in the group will be held with the strictness of confidence. This grief support group will be an open group which means participants can join the group at any time. These Continue reading →

Join our Virtual Community Centre Programming!

At HPCO we strive to provide quality education and support and are excited to be able to do so through our Virtual Community Centre. These activities take place via Zoom and are intended for seniors, people isolated at home, caregivers, and hospice volunteers. Each of the programs is run by our facilitators in a fun and interactive group setting to increase social connection. HPCO understands that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are finding it more difficult to gather with family, friends, and peers Continue reading →

Looking for Strategies to Boost Resiliency? Join this webinar!

Topic:  Personal Resilience for Hospice Palliative Care Description: In this webinar, Tara Cohen (MSW, RSW, Program Manager, Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program) will share concrete ideas and experiential strategies for enhancing personal resilience. We will explore how to apply mindfulness, self-compassion and creative solutions for support and connection, which can be used even during the most challenging times. When:  March 3, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. Intended Audience: Healthcare practitioners, frontline workers, admin. Click here to register!