HPCO Caregiver Support Modules

There are a vast number of resources readily available and provided for health care teams to support individuals in their palliative care and/or end of life journey. However, the individual’s informal caregiver is often underestimated during this process and can often feel as though they are not receiving adequate support, resources, treatment, and services to help them be the best caregiver they can be. The HPCO team has been working diligently to create a comprehensive set of caregiver modules with the goal of providing support Continue reading →

Medical Cannabis and Palliative Care

Seniors account for the fastest growing age group in Canada. It is expected by 2020 that 40% more deaths will occur. According to Canabo Medical Clinic, countries such as Canada are bracing for an expansion of the number of patients with catastrophic and chronic illnesses. Presently, cancer is the number-one cause of death in Canada, followed by heart disease and stroke, where these numbers are only expected to rise. Quality of life during this stage is at the heart of palliative care. As the numbers increase Continue reading →

Dan’s Law Passed First Reading

Dan Duma is the namesake for ‘Dan’s Law’ which is a bill in the Ontario Legislature designed to increase access for publicly-funded palliative care for Ontario residents who move out of province and then want to come home at the end of their lives. A new bill from Windsor West MPP Lisa Gretzky is aimed at changing that, called Dan’s Law. This law would remove the three-month waiting period for access to OHIP funded home and palliative care, for Canadian residents who move or return to Ontario. We Continue reading →

Should palliative care be rebranded?

Should palliative care be rebranded? BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l881 (Published 28 February 2019)Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l881 Kirsty Boyd, Macmillan honorary reader in palliative care1, Sebastien Moine, senior visiting fellow in primary palliative care1, Scott A Murray, emeritus professor of primary palliative care1, Deborah Bowman, professor of medical and clinical ethics and cancer patient2, Nicole Brun, master of education (research) student3.  Corresponding author: Kirsty Boyd kirsty.boyd@ed.ac.uk Changing perceptions is more important than changing names Nearly 30 years after the World Health Organization first defined “palliative care,” we are no closer to agreeing Continue reading →

HPCO Accreditation Program (video included)

The HPCO accreditation program, based on the Hospice Standards framework, is specifically designed for hospices in Ontario.  Originally developed in 2003, the process was updated in 2015 to include a thorough evidence submission, comprehensive peer review, and detailed report with commendations and required improvements.  We are accepting registrations for Spring/Summer 2020 and beyond.  To learn more, please take a moment to watch our promotional video at Accreditation Video For more information about the HPCO Accreditation Program, please visit: https://www.hpco.ca/accreditation/

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 →

Statement on B-C14 (Medical Aid in Dying)

On Monday, May 30, 2016, Bill C-14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying) passed the report stage in the House of Commons. With the passage of Bill C-14 by the House of Commons, the Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) remain committed to promoting access to hospice palliative care for all Canadians. We continue to strive to improve the quality of living and dying for persons with Continue reading →

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 →

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 →