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New Hospice Volunteer Application Form

HPCO has updated the Hospice Volunteer Application for those interested in becoming a hospice volunteer. Once the form is complete and has been submitted, HPCO will forward the application to a local hospice. Click here for the updated Hospice Volunteer Application.

Ontario Establishing Care Coordination Service to Support Patient Access to End of Life Options

  From the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care: As of May 31, 2017, Ontario will be launching a care coordination service to help patients and clinicians access information and support for medical assistance in dying and other end of life options. This service can be accessed by patients and their caregivers, as well as doctors or nurse practitioners. Patients and caregivers will receive information about end of life options, including information on hospice care and other palliative care options in their community and Continue reading →

Celebrating the Success of HPCO’s Online Hospice Volunteer Training System

A big thank you to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and Saint Elizabeth for partnering with HPCO to create a dynamic online hospice volunteer learning environment. Over 1,150 volunteers enrolled in the first nine months! Saint Elizabeth CEO Shirlee Sharkey and HPCO CEO Rick Firth announced the partnership at HPCO Annual Conference in April 2016. The learning environment went live in August 2016 and in the nine months since, 82 Ontario Hospices have enrolled over 1,150 hospice volunteers and  over 21,300 learning Continue reading →

HPCO’s 2017 Conference a Success!

  That’s a wrap on HPCO’s Annual Conference 2017! This year’s theme was Accessing Compassionate Care – Integrating Hospice Palliative Care Across the Continuum. Delegates had the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and create thought-provoking conversations about how we can achieve better access to compassionate hospice palliative care in Ontario.   HPCO would like to thank all who participated in Conference to make it such a great success. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves, and will be back for next year’s Conference. Thank you to all delegates who travelled Continue reading →

Why you have to attend #hpco2017

There are so many reasons why you should plan to attend HPCO’s annual conference April 23-25, 2017 in Richmond Hill, Ontario. It’s the largest gathering of hospice palliative care expertise in the country. It’s the best opportunity to network with provincial colleagues from all sectors across the province to learn from and be inspired by unique approaches, best practices, innovations and inspirations. Don’t take it from us – here’s what our delegates had to say……


#hpco2017 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS The deadline is fast approaching for abstract submissions! Are you sharing recent research findings or a unique approach you’ve had to improve awareness and access to quality hospice palliative care in Ontario? If so, review the guidelines and submit your abstract for consideration by peer volunteer reviewers. There are options for workshops, oral papers and poster presentations.      

HPCO Annual Report 2015-2016

HPCO hosted its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2016 where its Annual Report was released. The report details a year filled with significant achievements and highlights  – not the least of which was a government announcement of $75 million investment in hospice palliative care in Ontario. The report is peppered with pictures from HPCO’s members and hospice organizations – telling real stories of care and compassion from communities throughout the province.

What is Advance Care Planning?

 IT’S ABOUT CONVERSATIONS. IT’S ABOUT WISHES. IT’S HOW WE CARE FOR EACH OTHER. Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a time for you to reflect on your values and wishes, and to let people know what kind of health and personal care you would want in the future if you were unable to speak for yourself. It means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak Continue reading →

HPCO Visiting Hospice Accreditation

KUDOS! Four Ontario Visiting Hospice Services Receive Full Accreditation Congratulations to the first four visiting hospice services to receive full accreditation under HPCO’s revised Accreditation program. Of the four hospices that submitted evidence for peer review, all four achieved a full accreditation! Congratulations to the following four hospices: Better Living Health & Community Services Hospice of Windsor & Essex County North Perth Community Hospice St. Joseph’s Hospice (London) HPCO would like to recognize the hospice teams who embraced this opportunity to present evidence for review by a Continue reading →

$100 million for Home & Community Care in Ontario

The Honourable Minister Eric Hoskins announced a $100 million investment in Home & Community Care as part of $750 million investment in Ontario’s Patients First strategy. $80 million will support enhanced home care for those who need it most while $20 million will support caregiver respite. This investment puts the needs of patients, clients and caregivers front and centre. Minister Hoskins said, ‘home is where people wish to be and home is where they can be,’ since flexibility offers an opportunity for individuals to remain at home, Continue reading →