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Caregiver distress: A crisis grows

A conversation between Anna Greenberg, Interim President and CEO of Health Quality Ontario, and Craig Lindsay, an individual who has had significant experience as a caregiver. Anna and Craig discuss both the broader issue of caregiver distress and the very personal challenges that an individual caregiver can face. To read the entire blog, please view the link https://www.hqontario.ca/Blog

HPCO Caregiver Support Modules

There are a vast number of resources readily available and provided for health care teams to support individuals in their palliative care and/or end of life journey. However, the individual’s informal caregiver is often underestimated during this process and can often feel as though they are not receiving adequate support, resources, treatment, and services to help them be the best caregiver they can be. The HPCO team has been working diligently to create a comprehensive set of caregiver modules with the goal of providing support Continue reading →

HPCO Caregiver Support Modules

There are a vast number of resources readily available and provided for health care teams to support individuals in their palliative care and/or end of life journey. However, the individual’s informal caregiver is often underestimated during this process and can often feel as though they are not receiving adequate support, resources, treatment, and services to help them be the best caregiver they can be. The HPCO team has been working diligently to create a comprehensive set of caregiver modules with the goal of providing support Continue reading →

Medical Cannabis and Palliative Care

Seniors account for the fastest growing age group in Canada. It is expected by 2020 that 40% more deaths will occur. According to Canabo Medical Clinic, countries such as Canada are bracing for an expansion of the number of patients with catastrophic and chronic illnesses. Presently, cancer is the number-one cause of death in Canada, followed by heart disease and stroke, where these numbers are only expected to rise. Quality of life during this stage is at the heart of palliative care. As the numbers increase Continue reading →

Dan’s Law Passed First Reading

Dan Duma is the namesake for ‘Dan’s Law’ which is a bill in the Ontario Legislature designed to increase access for publicly-funded palliative care for Ontario residents who move out of province and then want to come home at the end of their lives. A new bill from Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky is aimed at changing that, called Dan’s Law. This law would remove the three-month waiting period for access to OHIP funded home and palliative care, for Canadian residents who move or return to Ontario. We Continue reading →

HPCO Accreditation Program (video included)

The HPCO accreditation program, based on the Hospice Standards framework, is specifically designed for hospices in Ontario.  Originally developed in 2003, the process was updated in 2015 to include a thorough evidence submission, comprehensive peer review, and detailed report with commendations and required improvements.  We are accepting registrations for Spring/Summer 2020 and beyond.  To learn more, please take a moment to watch our promotional video at Accreditation Video For more information about the HPCO Accreditation Program, please visit: https://www.hpco.ca/accreditation/

2018 Conference a Success!

Our 2018 Conference: Striving for Equity in Hospice Palliative Care was a great success! On Saturday April 21st, HPCO presented the first pre-conference Symposium on Palliative Care for Homeless & Vulnerably Housed Populations. We opened our Conference on Sunday April 22nd with welcome remarks starting with Chief LaForme, followed by our HIT Talks. Delegates were able to visit our exhibitors and sponsors, and attend a variety of workshop series over the three days of conference. Monday evening was our Gala Dinner & Entertainment. Comedienne Martha Continue reading →

Ontario Budget 2018 – New Investments in Hospice Palliative Care

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario appreciates the Ontario Government’s continued commitment to supporting quality community hospice palliative care.  The demand for care is increasing with the aging population and new funding announced in the Ontario Budget will help people receive care in their homes, whenever possible.  The Government has also demonstrated tremendous compassion by committing to invest in developing models for perinatal hospice, when bereavement begins before birth.  HPCO will continue to work with Government as a valued partner in supporting people and their families with Continue reading →

The Cowan Foundation donates $150,000 to Hospice Palliative Care Ontario

The Cowan Foundation generously donates $150,000 to assist with the development of media-rich content for Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s (HPCO) online e-learning tool for volunteer training. This commitment will help grow volunteer capacity in hospice palliative care across the province. Over 80 hospices in Ontario are using the e-learning tool to train hospice volunteers to provide emotional and physical care to the dying and emotional support and respite to family caregivers. Hospice Volunteers are also trained to provide bereavement support to both patients and families Continue reading →

Nominations for 2018 HPCO Scholarships and Bursary

HPCO honours individuals and organizations that provide or support excellent hospice palliative care in Ontario. Awards and Scholarships are presented annually at HPCO’s Conference.   The Joan Lesmond Scholarship HPCO awards the Joan Lesmond Scholarship to a community nurse or social worker in Ontario, working in the field of palliative care, who demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning and mentorship. The scholarship, named in loving memory of our friend, colleague and former board member Joan Lesmond includes a full registration to HPCO’s annual conference with Continue reading →