Caregiver Support Modules

You might be new to caregiving, or you might be well along your journey. Regardless of the unique circumstances of your situation, we do know that all caregiving can be incredibly rewarding, and it can be incredibly isolating and stressful too. The HPCO Caregiver Support Modules are meant to assist caregivers in finding the support they need, exactly when they need it. If you are looking for support, you can browse the topics in any order you would like to. Each topic is available on Continue reading →

Compassionate Communities

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities’ compassion is coming into full relief. Everywhere, citizens are banding together to create support groups for the vulnerable and socially isolated in their communities. Whether it’s checking in by phone, delivering pre-cooked meals and groceries, or creating postcards to distribute in hospitals for patients who cannot see their loved ones, our compassion is mobilized. Here are some practical tips from Compassionate Communities on how to identify and support the socially isolated in your community: If you are a hospice, community or Continue reading →

HPCO launches a free and confidential stress, grief, and bereavement support line for front line health care workers in Ontario.

As of Saturday, June 13, 2020, HPCO is pleased to launch a Support Service Line for front line care workers to help cope with stress and build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Individuals trained and credentialled in providing support  in grief, bereavement, spiritual support, and emotional support are available to listen and help you. The Helpline team have extensive experience and understand the unique needs of health care workers. They can lend an ear to simply listen, or offer information, assessment, and referral to Continue reading →

HPCO & CHPCA Present a Webinar on: Approaches to Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Conversations

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association invites you to attend a webinar on Approaches to Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care Conversations Monday, June 15th, 2020, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST Click Here To Register: https://hpco.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hEdWKmgcTsSm8gcfofXQgQ Facilitated by: Dr. Leah Steinberg MD, MA, FCFP, Family Physician Mount Sinai Hospital, Division of Palliative Care, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Dr. Nadia Incardona MD MHSc (Bioethics) C.C.F.P. Hospitalist and Emergency Physician, Michael Garron Hospital Toronto East Health Network Dr. Continue reading →

Virtual Grief and Bereavement Supports for Health Care Workers on Emotional, Spiritual & Compassionate Care

HPCO partnered with Eugene Dufour to provide health care workers/health service providers, with the opportunity to participate in a virtual 10-part series focusing on emotional, spiritual and compassionate care regarding COVID-19. Eugene is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. Eugene has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years.  He is a past president of Continue reading →

COVID-19 Specific Resources and Supports: Goals of Care Conversation Guides, End of Life Support Tools, and More

It is important to recognize the growing need for Advance Care Planning (ACP), Goals of Care (GoC), and Person-Centred Decision Making (PCDM) resources in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. HPCO has been reviewing, developing and compiling several resources that offer guidance and practical ideas for planning and delivering these conversations during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access resources intended to assist clinicians to engage patients in Patient-Centred Decision-Making conversations and help providers understand the conversations most appropriate to their practice setting and context. These Continue reading →

Complicated Grief and Trauma – Skills Building Education

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association invites you to attend a 10-Part Webinar Series occurring Wednesdays from 12:00  to 1:00 PM EST until July 15th, 2020.   CLICK HERE, TO REGISTER.   Facilitated by: Eugene Dufour, BA, MDiv Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Certified Bereavement Specialist Email: edufour@tcc.on.ca    Description: This ten session webinar series will focus on COVID-19 related complicated and traumatic grief. The sessions will provide practical models, assessment tools and practical ways to facilitate the work of complicated and traumatic grief Continue reading →

HPCO & CHPCA Present a Webinar on Managing Common COVID-19 Respiratory Symptoms in Palliative and End of Life Care

Hospice Palliative Care Ontario and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association are pleased to present a webinar on Managing Common COVID-19 Respiratory Symptoms in Palliative and End of Life Care – A Primer for Front Line Staff Registration can be accessed here. When: This webinar will take place on Thursday, June 4th, 2020 – 12:00 P.M. to 1:30 P.M. There is a fee of $25 to attend. Facilitated By: Amy Archer RN, BScN, CHPCA(C) – Durham Region PPSMC Program Kim Rogers BA, RN, CHPCA(C) – Continue reading →

Conducting a Reasonable Next of Kin/Claimant Search for an Unclaimed Body

Claimant Search for Unclaimed Bodies Purpose of Document This document provides a process for managing unclaimed bodies that were not investigated by a coroner across Ontario. The process ensures reasonable and timely efforts to locate persons who may claim a body in order to respect the dignity of a deceased person. When no claimant can be found, arrangements will be made by the Office of the Chief Coroner for the disposition of an unclaimed body pursuant to the Anatomy Act. This document includes:  Information Continue reading →

Person Centred Decision Making E-Learning Modules

Health Care Consent Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care E-Learning Modules – Clinician Competency Training Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is very pleased to announce the re-launch of the Health Care Consent Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care E-Learning Modules. The E-Learning modules have recently been transferred to a new Learning Management System. Registration can be accessed here. Description: The Modules are intended for Clinician Competency Training on Health Care Consent, Advance Care Planning, and Goals of Care conversations where learners will move beyond advancing Continue reading →