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 →

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 →

HPCO's purpose, vision and mission

We have expanded the purpose, vision and mission statements on our about us page. Visit this page for a wealth information on who we are, what we do, and how we do it. Our purpose is to strive for a future where every person in Ontario has access to quality hospice palliative care. Our vision is to be the unified voice of collaborative, quality hospice palliative care in Ontario. We envision a future where every person and family in the province of Ontario can quickly and easily access the finest standard of Continue reading →

End-of-life decisions Canadians face go beyond assisted suicide debate

When CBC producer Lynn Burgess started working on a documentary series on assisted suicide for The National six months ago, she “sensed a profound public fatigue with the right-to-die issue in Canada.” It was clear to Burgess that there was a greater need to focus the camera on Canadians and the broader end-of-life decisions they face. The series, entitled “Last Right” and beginning its nationwide run tonight, is intended to broaden the national conversation beyond the right-to-die debate. Burgess believes that “what we’re hearing this week from Continue reading →

Large majority of Canadians now open to discussing end-of-life care

More than 80% of Canadians say they’re comfortable talking about end-of-life care issues, according to an Environics Research survey commissioned by Saint Elizabeth Health Care. “The survey shows 34 per cent of respondents say they’re ‘very comfortable’ discussing these issues,” Saint Elizabeth noted in a press release this morning, “while a further 47 per cent are ‘somewhat comfortable’. Only three per cent say they’re not at all comfortable.” The survey also shows that only one quarter of Canadians over the age of 30 have made Continue reading →

Supreme Court rules consent required before ending care

The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed an appeal by doctors at a Toronto hospital who sought to withdraw treatment from Hassan Rasouli, a severely brain-damaged patient who they say has no hope of recovery. Mr. Rasouli has been in a persistent vegetative state and ventilator dependent since October 2010. After an extensive internal review and discussion with the family, the hospital made the decision that CPR and intensive life support was not the standard of care for patients with this diagnosis, as no prolonged medical Continue reading →