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Caregiver Support Modules

You might be new to caregiving, or you might be well along your journey. Regardless of the unique circumstances of your situation, we do know that all caregiving can be incredibly rewarding, and it can be incredibly isolating and stressful too. The HPCO Caregiver Support Modules are meant to assist caregivers in finding the support they need, exactly when they need it. If you are looking for support, you can browse the topics in any order you would like to. Each topic is available on Continue reading →

Compassionate Communities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities’ compassion is coming into full relief. Everywhere, citizens are banding together to create support groups for the vulnerable and socially isolated in their communities. Whether it’s checking in by phone, delivering pre-cooked meals and groceries, or creating postcards to distribute in hospitals for patients who cannot see their loved ones, our compassion is mobilized. Here are some practical tips from Compassionate Communities on how to identify and support the socially isolated in your community: If you are a hospice, community or Continue reading →

HPCO launches a free and confidential stress, grief, and bereavement support line for front line health care workers in Ontario.

As of Saturday, June 13, 2020, HPCO is pleased to launch a Support Service Line for front line care workers to help cope with stress and build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Individuals trained and credentialled in providing support  in grief, bereavement, spiritual support, and emotional support are available to listen and help you. The Helpline team have extensive experience and understand the unique needs of health care workers. They can lend an ear to simply listen, or offer information, assessment, and referral to Continue reading →

Compassionate Communities

During COVID19, our communities’ compassion is coming into full relief. Everywhere, citizens are banding together to create support groups for the vulnerable and socially isolated in their communities. Whether it’s checking in by phone, delivering pre-cooked meals and groceries, or creating postcards to distribute in hospitals for patients who cannot see their loved ones, our compassion is mobilized. Here are some practical tips from Compassionate Communities on how to identify and support the socially isolated in your community: If you are someone who wants to help: Support Continue reading →

HPCO & CHPCA Present a Webinar on: Approaches to Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Conversations

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association invites you to attend a webinar on Approaches to Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Conversations Monday, June 15th, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST Click Here To Register: https://hpco.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hEdWKmgcTsSm8gcfofXQgQ Facilitated by: Dr. Leah Steinberg MD, MA, FCFP, Family Physician Mount Sinai Hospital, Division of Palliative Care, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Dr. Nadia Incardona MD MHSc (Bioethics) C.C.F.P. Hospitalist and Emergency Physician, Michael Garron Hospital Toronto East Health Network Dr. Continue reading →

Staying Well Series

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) is pleased to present the Staying Well Series to support caregivers, individuals, and families who could benefit from daily reflections to help guide and comfort them during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Many individuals are suffering, and we hope these inspirational messages can help in some small way to lift our spirits in this very challenging time. HPCO has connected with Eugene Dufour to inspire us with encouraging messages in this Staying Well Series.  Eugene is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Continue reading →

Virtual Grief and Bereavement Supports for Health Care Workers on Emotional, Spiritual & Compassionate Care

HPCO partnered with Eugene Dufour to provide health care workers/health service providers, with the opportunity to participate in a virtual 10-part series focusing on emotional, spiritual and compassionate care regarding COVID-19. Eugene is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. Eugene has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years.  He is a past president of Continue reading →

COVID-19 Specific Resources and Supports: Goals of Care Conversation Guides, End of Life Support Tools, and More

It is important to recognize the growing need for Advance Care Planning (ACP), Goals of Care (GoC), and Person-Centred Decision Making (PCDM) resources in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. HPCO has been reviewing, developing and compiling several resources that offer guidance and practical ideas for planning and delivering these conversations during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access resources intended to assist clinicians to engage patients in Patient-Centred Decision-Making conversations and help providers understand the conversations most appropriate to their practice setting and context. These Continue reading →

Complicated Grief and Trauma – Skills Building Education

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association invites you to attend a 10-Part Webinar Series occurring Wednesdays from 12:00  to 1:00 PM EST until July 15th, 2020.   CLICK HERE, TO REGISTER.   Facilitated by: Eugene Dufour, BA, MDiv Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Certified Bereavement Specialist Email: edufour@tcc.on.ca    Description: This ten session webinar series will focus on COVID-19 related complicated and traumatic grief. The sessions will provide practical models, assessment tools and practical ways to facilitate the work of complicated and traumatic grief Continue reading →

Why Advance Care Planning is More Important Than Ever During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of all of the activity happening around COVID-19, it is important to acknowledge that our health can change without warning. You never know when someone will have to speak for you. In Ontario, there are specific laws about when and who can make health care decisions on your behalf, should you become mentally incapable of doing so. We encourage you to browse the resources available at the Speak Up Ontario website and participate in the appropriate Advance Care Planning conversations. It can be Continue reading →