An article in today’s edition of the Toronto Star, entitled “New report highlights need for better end-of-life care,” features an interview with Hill House Hospice Executive Director Anne-Marie Dean. “It’s all about comfort and it’s all about helping people live until the moment they die…” Anne-Marie told the Star. “Everybody deserves to have access to that.” We applaud Anne-Marie for being one of the many HPCO members working tirelessly to provide and expand hospice palliative care in their communities! Read the full article for more Continue reading →
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario welcomes the Auditor General’s report, which includes a section on palliative care in Ontario. The report covers a range of issues, highlighting a need for 755 to 1080 hospice palliative care beds. Right now there are 289 beds and HPCO’s proposal to the government would fund up to 450 beds over the next few years. The report indicates the quality of care being received is good, but the delivery is patchwork and more coordination of care is required. There was a Continue reading →
#GivingTuesdayCA has arrived, and we at HPCO would like to thank you for supporting the vital work our members do to provide care for those who need support in their last days. Will you please take a moment to visit our Giving Tuesday profile, make a donation, and spread the word? Make Your Donation Online Today In 2014, Visiting Volunteer Hospices have provided in-home support for more than 22,000 people facing end-of-life or coping with bereavement. Residential Hospices (hospices with beds) have cared for over Continue reading →
Later today, we’ll be sending the October edition of our email newsletter out to our community of hospice palliative care volunteers, donors and advocates. If you haven’t already done so, we invite you to subscribe, and to help us spread the word and shape the conversation! This newsletter is designed to provide you with news, resources, and information on ways you can support hospice palliative care, both in your community and throughout the province. You can unsubscribe at any later date, should you choose, via the newsletter itself.
Don’t forget that the Call for Abstracts for the 2015 Hospice Palliative Care Ontario annual conference is now open. We to invite you to participate by submitting an abstracts for an oral paper, poster or workshop presentation. For details on the workshop submission process, and to review the submission guidelines, please review our call for workshop abstracts. You can also review our call for oral papers and posters for information on these categories. Click here to submit your abstract now! Workshop abstracts must be made using our Continue reading →
Being Mortal, the latest book from Dr. Atul Gawande, hit the shelves yesterday. Slate has published an excerpt from the book, which we believe is well worth reading and sharing. It offers personal insight into a more humane approach to end-of-life care, and how it might be adopted throughout the field of medicine.
In a recent Op-Ed for the Huffington Post, MP Charlie Angus articulated the need for a unified national approach to hospice and palliative care. Work on this strategy began in earnest this past spring, when the Parliament of Canada supported the New Democrat Motion 456 on establishing a pan-Canadian palliative care strategy. “We have all lost a family member or loved one,” Angus writes. “How those loved ones were treated in their final days – whether through a holistic palliative service or while waiting for Continue reading →
The House of Commons today passed Motion-456 calling for a Pan-Canadian strategy on palliative and end-of-life care. The motion had overwhelming support of all parties in the house and is an important step forward for hospice palliative care in Canada. The motion was introduced by NDP MP Charlie Angus and supported by all parties. The full text of the motion: M-456 — October 21, 2013 — Mr. Angus (Timmins—James Bay) — That, in the opinion of the House, the government should establish a Pan-Canadian Palliative and Continue reading →
TORONTO, May 28, 2014 /CNW/ – Have you thought about who would make decisions for you if you’re not in a position to make them for yourself? Only 25% of Canadians over age 30 have made end-of-life care plans and just over 40% of those over age 70 have done so. People rarely talk about their end-of-life wishes and Ontario’s doctors want to change that. Today, OMA Past-President Dr. Scott Wooder officially launched a provincial framework to enhance care for people at the end of Continue reading →
Welcome to Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care speaking this morning at 9:00 am at the annual Hospice Palliative Care Program.