Busting The Myths About Hospice Palliative Care #2

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 →

Busting The Myths About Hospice Palliative Care #1

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 →

Videos about Hospice Palliative Care

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 →

Redefining Palliative Care

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 →

The Frances Montgomery Personal Support Worker Hospice Palliative Care Award

This scholarship award, made possible through the generous sponsorship of Life and Death Matters, is given annually to a Personal Support Worker nominated for excellence in hospice palliative care. The award celebrates Frances Montgomery and her commitment to caring for the dying within her family and extended community. This award acknowledges the invaluable contribution of Personal Support Workers in providing excellent care for the dying, support for families and loved ones, and helping to move quality hospice palliative care forward in Ontario. For more information on Continue reading →

The Dignity of Allowing a Natural Death

In a moving essay, the parents of three-and-a-half year old Annukke, who died from a brain tumour, disagree with the Belgian law on euthanasia for children and ask rather for all doctors to be trained in palliative care. In the light of the recent law passed by the Belgian government to allow active euthanasia of children, a brave German couple have written a very personal essay describing the loss of their daughter to an aggressive brain tumour. The essay, written exclusively for the German newspaper Süddeutsche Continue reading →

Private Member’s Motion on Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Strategy

October 31, 2013, MP Charlie Angus introduced Private Members Motion M-456 calling on the federal government to establish a Pan-Canadian palliative and end-of-life care strategy in conjunction with provinces and territories on a flexible and integrated model of palliative care. The motion was seconded by MPs from both the Conservative and Liberal parties. Access to quality hospice palliative care for all Canadians is a non-partisan issues that touches everyone. Raising the awareness of parliamentarians and Canadians in general is always welcome by our sector. HPCO endorses the motion Continue reading →

The Meeting of Our Hearts Now Available

The Meeting of Our Hearts, a song in tribute to Dr. Larry Librach is now available for download.  Bev Foster, who composed and performed the song has gifted it support of Hospice Palliative Care Ontario’s Dr. S. Lawrence Librach Award for Palliative Medicine in the Community. The $2,500 award will be given annually to a physician who demonstrates excellence and leadership in palliative care and advances palliative care in their communities through mentorship of family physicians.  Click here to read more…