Free resources for family caregivers

This is a reminder that Hospice Palliative Care Ontario is proud to provide family caregivers with complementary copies of two valuable resources: A Caregiver’s Guide, produced by the Order of St. Lazarus, and A Guide to Advance Care Planning, which is available through the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat. You can request single copies of either/both of these guides by contacting Helen Reilly at Shipping is free of charge within Canada. If you wish to order multiple copies, please contact the organizations listed above. If you Continue reading →

Are you eligible for Compassionate Care Benefits?

Are you currently providing care to someone who is gravely ill? If so, you may be eligible for Compassionate Care Benefits through the Government of Canada. “One of the most difficult times for anyone is when a loved one is dying or at risk of death. The demands of caring for a gravely ill family member can jeopardize both your job and the financial security of your family. The Government of Canada believes that, during such times, you should not have to choose between keeping Continue reading →

Advance care planning is about understanding how you want to live your life

Rocco Gerace, the Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, has written an inspiring and informative opinion piece about advance care planning. Rather than think about it as simply a plan for death, Gerace argues that the process is all about planning for a good life – and that approaching it in this way can help us confront a difficult conversation. “It’s not always easy,” Gerace writes, “but taking the time to reflect on and discuss these issues can lead to better Continue reading →