Redefining Palliative Care

The March 18, 2014 edition of MacLean’s Magazine has an informative article titled “Redefining Palliative Care” by Kate Lunau which highlights some misconceptions about hospice palliative care. “Patients and doctors often think it’s only for the dying. New studies show it may extend life” writes Ms. Lunau. The article also highlights a series of town hall about meetings hosted by the Canadian Medical Association . In February, the Association launched “A healthy life, a good death” a dialogue series on end-of-life care using a town-hall Continue reading →

The Frances Montgomery Personal Support Worker Hospice Palliative Care Award

This scholarship award, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Life and Death Matters, is given annually to a Personal Support Worker nominated for excellence in hospice palliative care. The award celebrates Frances Montgomery and her commitment to caring for the dying within her family and extended community. This award acknowledges the invaluable contribution of Personal Support Workers in providing excellent care for the dying, support for families and loved ones, and helping to move quality hospice palliative care forward in Ontario. For more information on Continue reading →

The Dignity of Allowing a Natural Death

In a moving essay, the parents of three-and-a-half year old Annukke, who died from a brain tumour, disagree with the Belgian law on euthanasia for children and ask rather for all doctors to be trained in palliative care. In the light of the recent law passed by the Belgian government to allow active euthanasia of children, a brave German couple have written a very personal essay describing the loss of their daughter to an aggressive brain tumour. The essay, written exclusively for the German newspaper Süddeutsche Continue reading →

Private Member’s Motion on Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Strategy

October 31, 2013, MP Charlie Angus introduced Private Members Motion M-456 calling on the federal government to establish a Pan-Canadian palliative and end-of-life care strategy in conjunction with provinces and territories on a flexible and integrated model of palliative care. The motion was seconded by MPs from both the Conservative and Liberal parties. Access to quality hospice palliative care for all Canadians is a non-partisan issues that touches everyone. Raising the awareness of parliamentarians and Canadians in general is always welcome by our sector. HPCO endorses the motion Continue reading →

The Meeting of Our Hearts Now Available

The Meeting of Our Hearts, a song in tribute to Dr. Larry Librach is now available for download.  Bev Foster, who composed and performed the song has gifted it support of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s Dr. S. Lawrence Librach Award for Palliative Medicine in the Community. The $2,500 award will be given annually to a physician who demonstrates excellence and leadership in palliative care and advances palliative care in their communities through mentorship of family physicians.  Click here to read more…

Get to know the Way Forward

“Imagine a new reality, where hospice palliative care is available to Canadians when and where they need it – where the goal of care is to live well until death.” The Way Forward is a new hospice palliative care integration project managed by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, on behalf of the thirty-seven organizations that make up the Quality End-of-Life Care Coalition of Canada. The goal is to develop a national framework that will enable the palliative approach to care to become a reality, Continue reading →

The way forward in Ontario

“Ontario is on the cusp of a revolution in the way the province offers palliative care, but the plan hinges on government support.” Palliative care experts agree that with a population of seniors that’s predicted to double in size by 2036, and a funding model for residential hospice care that relies primarily on charity, the system just isn’t sustainable. Currently, according to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, only 16% to 36% of Canadians have access to hospice palliative care and end-of-life services, depending on where Continue reading →

A new guide to help physicians talk to their patients about end-of-life care and dying

More people are living longer with chronic illness as our population ages, making it increasingly vital for patients and family members to decide how they and their loved ones would like to spend their final days. For physicians in hospital and primary care settings alike, it is crucial to know how to address these issues with sensitivity. A new conversation guide in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, written by Dr. John You of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, aims to guide physicians through Continue reading →

Patient safety study demonstrates need for standardized home care

Jackie Hickey recently posted on her blog, Caring@Home, about an important new study from the Canadian Patient Safety Institute entitled “Safety at Home: Pan-Canadian Home Care.” The study emphasizes that home care is “an integral component of the ongoing restructuring of healthcare in Canada,” and it raises awareness of a wide range of issues related to patient safety in the home. “Released on June 26,” Hickey writes, “the CPSI study is the first of its kind. The study examines the reasons why harmful incidents occur, determines Continue reading →