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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 →

Hospice Indicators Measuring Success of Hospice Care

Every year, about 26,000 hours of service are received by more than 1,800 palliative patients through volunteer visiting programs across Northeastern Ontario. Beyond a capture of the number of hours, the number of families and the number of volunteers, there has not been a way to measure the impact of this valuable work. As a result of a new initiative, performance indicators ensuring quality support will soon be available. Seven visiting hospice programs supported by the North East LHIN have been chosen by HPCO to Continue reading →

Palliative Care Champion Inducted into The Order of Canada

  Sharon Carstairs Order of Canada The Honourable Sharon Carstairs, Senator (retired), Senate of Canada is among 109 new inductees into the Order of Canada announced by Governor General David Johnston this week. She is receiving the honour for her work as a palliative care champion which includes her 2010 reportRaising the Bar: A Roadmap to the Future of Palliative Care in Canada. Carstairs currently sits on CHPCA’s Champion’s Council, a group comprised of key leaders in Canada who have offered to advance the profile of hospice palliative care across Continue reading →

Ontario Strengthening Access to End-of-Life

Rick Firth, HPCO’s President and CEO was on hand at Roger’s House In Ottawa when John Fraser, MPP for Ottawa South announced details of increased investments in hospice services across the province by $13.9 million over three years as part of a $75 million investment announced in the 2016 Spring Budget.  The $13.9 million additional investment across the province will increase funding for existing hospice beds by $15,000 per adult bed and $22,400 per paediatric bed. Read More

National Nursing Week 2016 – THANK YOU!

Happy National Nursing Week to all those who bring expert care and compassion to the bedsides of individuals with life-limiting illness, their families and friends. On behalf of Ontario’s hospice palliative care sector, THANK YOU for all you do.