Canadian Virtual Hospice | Portail palliatif canadien
ENEWS -- September 2014
  SPOTLIGHT ON
NEW COMMUNICATION TIPS

A life-limiting illness intensifies emotions, decisions, connections - and the need for communication. The Virtual Hospice clinical team offers help with communication in its answers to the questions it gets about illness and end-of-life care. Here are some of the latest questions and answers, along with articles, resources and tools on communication.
 
FOR EVERYONE
NEW ASKED AND ANSWERED - FAMILY DISCORD
My wife has terminal cancer. My daughter has been visiting and is creating additional emotional stress for us. I would like to talk to my daughter, but she is always on the defensive. My daughter was supposed to be here to help her mother emotionally, but she only seems concerned with her own trivial issues. What can I do? Read our answer.
 
FOR EVERYONE
NEW ASKED AND ANSWERED - PAIN CONTROL
When I enter hospice, will I have any control over how much pain relief I can get? Will I be putting my doctor in a bad position by asking how much morphine would cause my death? Read our answer.
 
FOR PROFESSIONALS
NEW ASKED AND ANSWERED - RACIST COMMENTS
One of my patients makes racist remarks while I am caring for him. Sometimes they are about me and sometimes about other staff. I find it very demeaning, but I don’t know what to do about it. Read our answer.
 
FOR EVERYONE
COMMUNICATION TIPS, ARTICLES AND RESOURCES
More Asked and Answered on communication
Articles on communication
Communication resources
 
FOR PROFESSIONALS
COMMUNICATION TIPS AND TOOLS
More Asked and Answered for professionals on communication.
Communication tools
 
NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR PROFESSIONALS
NEW EXCHANGE - A NEW MODEL OF BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLING
Dr. Christopher MacKinnon reports on meaning-based group counselling (MBGC) as a model for counselling bereaved adults. The pilot trial has promising results and lays the basis for further investigation of effectiveness.
 
NEWS


SHAPING NEW CANADIAN PALLIATIVE CARE STRATEGY
In May, Canada's House of Commons adopted of a motion to establish a Canada-wide palliative and end-of-life care strategy. Now, the motion sponsor, Member of Parliament Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay), is asking Canadians to tell him what they want to see in the strategy. Your submissions will be part of a briefing document for the federal health minister. If you believe Virtual Hospice provides a useful service for Canadians, consider recommending stable federal funding for Virtual Hospice operating costs.
 
FUNDING FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS PROJECT
The Canadian Cancer Action Network has received funding for a two-year project aimed at a national caregiver strategy. The project looks at four areas: better awareness, better access to resources, flexible workplaces, and better understanding of government programs. These were identified as issues at a 2013 stakeholder meeting, Canada, a Caring Society, which was held to explore how to ease financial hardship for family caregivers.
 
AWARD WINNERS - CANADIAN SOCIETY OF PALLIATIVE CARE PHYSICIANS
The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) has recognized two physicians for their work in palliative care. It has awarded Dr. Balfour Mount the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award, for making a sustained and lasting contribution to palliative medicine and to the CSPCP. Dr. Dori Seccareccia was awarded the 2014 Eduardo Bruera Award in Palliative Medicine by her peers, for demonstrating excellence in the field of palliative medicine.
 
ORDER OF CANADA FOR VIRTUAL HOSPICE CHAIR
Canada's Governor General has named Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov as an Officer of the Order of Canada, for "dedication to improving end-of-life care for Canadians." Dr. Chochinov is an international leader in the psychosocial aspects of palliative medicine. His pioneering dignity therapy is used by health care providers around the world.
 
PALLIUM CANADA VIDEO
Pallium Canada has released fun, new video with impact. This one-minute video makes a clear simple case for the importance of advance care planning.
 
KEVIN CROWE - TAKE A BOW
We recognize Give a Mile founder Kevin Crowe for his achievement in setting up a way to help people visit loved ones who are dying. In just over a year Give a Mile has collected more than a million unredeemed travel miles in donations to help people who would have had trouble making that last visit. Kevin, take a bow.
 
CALL FOR STUDY PARTICIPANTS - BEREAVED CAREGIVERS
A study of the impact of sleep problems in family caregivers has expanded its scope. The study is now looking for bereaved caregivers as well as those actively giving care. All participants will receive an honorarium of $50. For more information contact Danielle Gagnon at the University of Alberta by email or by calling 780-999-4490.
 
WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER JACQUIE DORGE
Virtual Hospice welcomes Jacquie Dorge to our administrative team. Jacquie comes to us from CancerCareManitoba, where she worked in support and screening programs. Jacquie is your first contact with the Virtual Hospice office, and is a key to keeping the team running smoothly.
 
CALENDAR


October 2-3, 2013 - Community Cancer Care 2014 Educational Conference, CancerCare Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

October 15-17, 2014 - Bereavement Ontario Network 2014 24th Annual Fall Conference, Orillia Ontario.

October 27-28, 2014 - Covenant Health, Palliative Care Education and Research Days, Edmonton, Alberta.

November 3-5, 2014, Canadian Home Care Association 2014 Home Care Summit, Banff, Alberta.

 
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