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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.

Embracing Technology to Grow Ontario’s Volunteer Capacity

In an era of widespread digital communication, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and Saint Elizabeth are teaming up to make online learning accessible to thousands of hospice volunteers across the province. Leveraging the unique strengths of their organizations, the partners are working collaboratively to update and transform existing classroom-based training into interactive e-learning modules that volunteers may complete at their own pace. The program improves access to volunteer training for a larger pool of volunteers, overcoming existing barriers such as busy schedules and geographic location. Continue reading →

Right Person. Right Place. Right Time.

When Ottawa South MPP, John Fraser spoke at HPCO’s annual conference last spring, his words instilled confidence in the nearly 700 attendees in the room that day – and more so since, through 16 consultations across the province over the last several months – that he was indeed the right person, in the right place at the right time, doing the right work. It’s his personal experience that has brought him to ‘this job, this office, this responsibility’  saying he feels like ‘this is where I’m Continue reading →


This #GivingTuesday, on behalf of individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is sharing stories to improve awareness regarding the benefits of hospice palliative care for individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families via social media  – on Twitter @hpcontario, via HPCO’s Facebook page and on its website. Using a united voice representing its membership on #GivingTuesday, HPCO highlights the contribution its members make to Ontario’s hospice palliative care sector, including health care professionals, volunteers, community partners, policy makers and home caregivers Continue reading →

Putting the Pieces Together – Collaborating for Quality Hospice Palliative Care in Ontario

If you are doing unique, innovative work or research related to enhancing quality hospice palliative care integration, collaboration or practice, consider submitting an abstract for a workshop, poster or oral paper. (Submission deadline for workshops: November 30, 2015; Submission deadline for posters and oral papers: January 15, 2016) Join renowned industry experts and provincial colleagues at HPCO’s annual conference April 17-19, 2016 to share and to learn about cutting-edge, evidence-based research, hospice palliative care innovations and expertise. Delegates include system planners, researchers, policy makers and multidisciplinary, front-line Continue reading →

Dr. S. Librach Award for Palliative Care in the Community – Dr. Bob Sauls is the 2015 Recipient

This award honours Dr. Larry Librach who began his medical career in 1970, and became an early presence in the field of palliative care in 1978 and was instrumental in shaping the Canadian approach to palliative care and palliative medicine. Throughout his 35 years in palliative care, Dr. Librach was a teacher and mentor, an encouraging and enthusiastic colleague and friend who embraced every opportunity to give of himself, and who consistently inspired others to do the same. The award is a $2,500 cash award Continue reading →

Thank you Ian!! Tribute Video from Ontario’s Hospice Palliative Care Community

HPCO’s membership thanks Ian Bos for raising awareness regarding the importance of access to quality hospice palliative care programs and services in Ontario. HPCO members contributed to an appreciation video thanking Ian for his dedication to raising awareness regarding the benefits of hospice palliative care as he continues on his five-months long journey westward across Canada. With special thanks to the following for making this tribute video possible: Lyrics and song performed by music therapists working in Ontario’s hospice palliative care sector: Adrienne Pringle, MMT, Continue reading →