Ontario Hospices: A workplace that feels like home

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on healthcare. Nurses in particular, are under significant stress. As a result, some are considering leaving their overwhelming and stressful hospital work environments. In comparison to hospitals, a career in hospice can offer nurses more manageable workloads, more comfortable working environment, and increased mental health supports. Read more…

The Benefits of Hospice Quality Metrics

The first step to meaningful change is knowing what works and what doesn’t. To do so, metrics platforms use specific indicators and data points to measure and assess the overall quality of care. The process of quantifying and comparing aspects of the healthcare system can indicate what strategies are working and identify gaps in the system that need improvement. Read more…

Canadian report explores the impact of COVID-19 on Community-Based Palliative Care

Because of COVID-19 many end-of-life care that were previously mainly available in a hospital setting can be provided through a home or community-based care model. These unexpected and widespread changes prompted Health Canada to publish a report outlining some of the barriers faces by palliative care clinicians and organizations during the pandemic as well as many adaptations and innovations to continue providing care to patients. Read more…

Record Keeping, Policy Check and PHIPA

Thursday, August 5, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM This training session will discuss the dos and don’ts of record keeping. Recording all of the information you need about volunteers and staff in properly maintained files not only makes it easier for you to access when you need it but reduces the risk associated with litigation. You will also learn what policy checks are and their importance within an organization. The collection of personal health information and disclosure via the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) Continue reading →

Interviewing skills from a cultural diversity lens

Wednesday, August 4, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM This training session will discuss the dos and don’ts of record keeping. Recording all of the information you need about volunteers and staff in properly maintained files not only makes it easier for you to access when you need it but reduces the risk associated with litigation. You will also learn what policy checks are and their importance within an organization. The collection of personal health information and disclosure via the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) Continue reading →

Complementary Therapies in Hospice Palliative Care: Where to Begin, How to Expand, & Highlighting its Importance

Friday, July 23rd, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Rachel Hobson will share her experience and insights from coordinating more than 10 different complementary therapy services in residential, community, and visiting hospice care settings. This presentation will introduce the following: space and equipment needs, developing capacity and connections, care setting considerations, staff vs. volunteer-led services, implications of pandemic precautions, and coordination of efficiencies. Read more….

Factors influencing Caregiver Burnout

Exhausted, frustrated, and overwhelmed. These are some of the words used to describe burnout; a psychological condition caused by chronic stress. In palliative care, patients may receive formal care from health care professionals or informal care from members of the patient’s family or chosen family. There are various factors that can negatively contribute to palliative caregiver burnout. Studies have been completed to call attention to and better understand these factors in order to develop strategies to prevent and manage palliative caregiver burnout. Read full article…

Recent study investigates palliative care differences among terminal patients

Individual palliative care needs vary greatly according to diagnosis, prognosis, and the patient’s end-of-life preferences. As such, the delivery of palliative care services is not universal. A recent study by Quinn et al. published in 2021 looks at the differences in palliative care in the last year of life between Ontarians diagnosed with cancer, chronic organ failure or dementia. Read more…

2SLGBTQ: Palliative Care Needs

In pursuit of equitable and inclusive palliative care for all individuals recent research has focussed on the specific palliative care needs of the 2SLGBTQ community. Literature reviews have been completed to identify strategies and considerations that support 2SLGBTQ patients’ end-of-life needs and preferences. Read the full article here…