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 →
This is Nursing Week! A sincere thanks to all nurses for the great care they provide every day! In addition to great care, nurses are the link between all of the people caring for someone with a progressive life-limiting illness. In home care, hospital units, complex continuing care, residential hospice, long-term care, and on interdisciplinary teams, nurses play a critical role. Thank you for compassionate, professional care and for bringing comfort to your patients and support to their family caregivers. For more information about nursing week, Continue reading →
MYTH: I can only get palliative care in a hospital FACT: Palliative care services are offered in many places, including hospitals, long term care facilities, and hospices and in your own home. Some supporting statistics: When asked, most people have indicated that they would prefer to die at home in the presence of loved ones[iv], yet almost 70% of Canadian deaths occur in a hospital.[v] Ontario found that between 20 and 50% of people on waiting lists for residential long-term care could age safely and cost-effectively at home Continue reading →
The Caregiver Show is just a week away on Wednesday, May 14 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto. Almost 8 million Canadians are family caregivers, however, many of these caregivers do not know about the resources available to them to provide the best care for their families. The Caregiver Show is a one-day resource fair with free admission for family caregivers where they can learn about the variety of products and services available for their caregiving needs – all in one location. There will be a Continue reading →
MYTH: Receiving hospice palliative care means you’ll die soon FACT: Hospice palliative care is not just for the final days or months of life. It’s holistic approach that includes pain and symptom management, caregiver support, spiritual care, bereavement and much more. Some supporting statistics: Over three in ten Canadians (32%) personally suffer from a chronic illness while four in ten (39%) have a sufferer in their immediate family. When taken together, six in ten Canadians (57%) either personally suffer from a chronic illness or have Continue reading →
A video of conference highlights is now posted on our website. Our thanks to Left Lane for creating the video and sharing it with us.
MYTH: Hospice palliative care is just for seniors FACT: Hospice palliative care is provided to people of all ages – from infancy to adulthood. As a matter of fact, Canada has six hospices dedicated to pediatric palliative care. Adults in their prime also die, and we need to ensure that them and their families are properly supported and prepared for the end-of-life, no matter their age. Some supporting statistics: Pediatric palliative care programs in Canada care for a diverse population of patients with a wide Continue reading →
A new page has been added to our website with videos for the public about hospice palliative care. The page is at www.hpco.ca/videos-about-HPC. The page contains videos from YouTube that illustrate services provided by palliative home care, visiting hospice services, residential hospices, as well as perspectives of individuals receiving hospice palliative care. Hospice and palliative care organizations may submit videos about hospice palliative care for consideration providing they do not contain an appeal for funds. To submit a video, please contact Anna LeCoche at alecoche 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.
The March 18, 2014 edition of MacLean’s Magazine has an informative article titled “Redefining Palliative Care” by Kate Lunau which highlights some misconceptions about hospice palliative care. “Patients and doctors often think it’s only for the dying. New studies show it may extend life” writes Ms. Lunau. The article also highlights a series of town hall about meetings hosted by the Canadian Medical Association . In February, the Association launched “A healthy life, a good death” a dialogue series on end-of-life care using a town-hall Continue reading →