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National Hospice Palliative Care Week May 6-12, 2018: Towards a more compassionate Canada, Eh!

National Hospice Palliative Care Week May 6-12, 2018: Towards a more compassionate Canada, Eh!

May 3, 2018 -  This year, National Hospice Palliative Care Week runs from May 6-12. The theme for 2018, “Towards a more compassionate Canada, Eh?” encourages Canadians to consider ways community involvement can support the dying and bereavement process.

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association – the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada – is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in care for persons approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are lessened. The CHPCA operates in close partnership with other national organizations and continues to work to ensure that all Canadians, regardless of where they may live, have equal access to quality hospice palliative care services for themselves and their families.

For National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2018, Interlake-Eastern RHA’s palliative care team and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association are calling on Manitobans to answer these questions:

  • What makes a compassionate community?
  • How can compassionate communities support end of life care?

How do we answer these questions in Interlake-Eastern’s palliative care programming?

Palliative care is an approach to care that is shared by all health care professionals. Referrals are made by the doctor or nurse practitioner when a individual requires care or support from the Palliative Care Program  – such as pain and symptom management or psychosocial consultation -- and  is no longer seeking to cure a life limiting illness. According to Tammie-Lee Rogowski, clinical team manager for Interlake-Eastern RHA palliative care program, compassionate care in our region means that our programs are closely aligned with the care people receive in their community, whether that’s at home, in the hospital or in a personal care home. 

“Compassionate care guides all aspects of our program delivery for clients with serious or life limiting illness which  is to alleviate suffering through relief of pain, management of symptoms and support the client and their family through their grief. This allows clients to experience an increased quality of life in the time they have left with their family and loved ones,” said Rogowski.

Another key goal of regional palliative care programming is to raise community awareness that palliative care focuses on assisting individuals to live as fully as possible until the end of life. Rogowski highlighted how this community of compassionate care has been created in Interlake-Eastern RHA.

“We provide education to health care partners, patients, families, volunteers and communities at large about advanced care planning, palliative care and care of the dying and offer ongoing volunteer training. Our compassionate volunteers donate their time visiting with clients and their families as well as keep communities informed of current resources such as the comfort care bags that palliative care supports. We also collaborate with other health care professionals across all programs and engage with various community groups. The program also oversees operation of Camp Stepping Stones, a weekend long grief camp for children aged 7-17, Rogowski said.

For more information about palliative care resources, contact Tammie-Lee Rogowski 204-785-7756 or visit Interlake-Eastern RHA’s website and look under:

Care in Your Community / Palliative Care

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