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ENEWS -- May 2015
  SPOTLIGHT ON
10 MYTHS ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE
National Palliative Care week (May 3-9) is a great opportunity to improve understanding about palliative and end-of-life care. A recent poll showed that only 15 percent of Canadians know what palliative care is. Here are 10 common myths we regularly encounter. Help dispel these myths by sharing the facts with family members and friends, colleagues, patients and clients.
 
1.    Myth: Palliative care hastens death.
2.    Myth: Palliative care is only for people dying of cancer.
3.    Myth: People in palliative care who stop eating die of starvation.
4.    Myth: Palliative care is only provided in a hospital.
5.    Myth: We need to protect children from being exposed to death and dying.
6.    Myth: Pain is a part of dying.
7.    Myth: Taking pain medications in palliative care leads to addiction.
8.    Myth: Morphine is administered to hasten death.
9.    Myth: Palliative care means my doctor has given up and there is no hope for me.
10.  Myth: I’ve let my family member down because he/she didn’t die at home.

Get the facts!
FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCES AND TOOLS ON THE 10 MYTHS ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE

FOR EVERYONE
THE POWER OF 10 – LET’S TALK ABOUT HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE
May 3-9 is National Hospice Palliative Care Week. Palliative care leads to an improvement in symptoms, better quality of life, higher patient satisfaction and overall better outcomes for individuals and their family caregivers. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association encourages you to discuss the importance of quality hospice palliative care with 10 people you care about.

NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR EVERYONE
NEW TOPICS ARTICLE – HOW TO EXPRESS CONDOLENCES: WHAT DO I SAY?
It can be a struggle knowing ‘the right thing to say’ to a person who has experienced the death of someone close to them. Our new Topics article offers guidance on Sending Condolences.

FOR EVERYONE
NEW ASKED & ANSWERED – RESPONDING TO AN ANGRY SPOUSE 
My husband often vents his frustration and anger towards me. I know he is very ill and things aren’t going well, but how can I respond? Read our answer.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
NEW EXCHANGE POSTER -  PHYSICIANS’ VIEWS ON PALLIATIVE SEDATION
Dr. Anna Voeuk’s new exchange poster Palliative Sedation for Existential Distress? examines physicians’ opinions on the use of continuous palliative sedation to relieve non-physical symptoms including loss of dignity, fear and panic, death anxiety, hopelessness, and perceiving oneself as a burden.

 

FOR EVERYONE
NEW ON YOUR STORIES - ‘FIRST’ WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
On her mother’s first wedding anniversary as a widow, Grace shares the story of her parents wedding day. She writes about the unusual obstacles her parents overcame in preparation for their wedding, and a life together that spanned 55 years.
 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
HEART FAILURE PALLIATIVE APPROACH TO CARE GUIDE
This new guide by Patricia Strachan, PhD et al. of McMaster University provides nurses with key information on caring for patients with advanced (or end-stage) chronic heart failure, including those with multiple chronic conditions.
 

FOR EVERYONE
END OF LIFE CARE RESOURCE BY AND FOR ABORIGINAL FAMILIES
First Nations University’s Completing The Circle is a website that provides information and resources on culturally sensitive approaches to end-of-life care and working with Aboriginal communities.

 

FOR EVERYONE
HUNTINGTON DISEASE GUIDE
Jim Pollard’s Understanding Huntington Disease: A Resource for Families covers a wide range of topics to help patients and families understand Huntington Disease, an inherited progressive brain disease.

 

NEWS


2015 FEDERAL BUDGET: EXTENDING COMPASSIONATE CARE BENEFITS
The federal budget includes a proposal to increase leave benefits under the Employment Insurance Compassionate Care program to six months from the current maximum of six weeks.
 

2015 FEDERAL BUDGET: TAX RELIEF AND ENHANCED BENEFITS FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS
The Family Caregiver Tax Credit has been created to enhance support for caregivers of ill dependent family members. The $10,000 limit on eligible expenses caregivers can claim in respect of a dependent relative under the Medical Expense Tax Credit has been removed.
 

2015 FEDERAL BUDGET: TAKING ACTION FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS OF VETERANS
A new Family Caregiver Relief Benefit was introduced to recognize the significant contributions of informal caregivers to the health and well-being of veterans. Veterans will receive an annual tax-free grant of $7,238 to cover the cost of a respite worker allowing their family caregiver time to rest and recharge.
 

THOMAS ATTIG:  AWARD WINNER
Congratulations to Thomas Attig, PhD for receiving the Death Educator Award at the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) 38th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 8.
 

CATHY JOY: HPCO AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Cathy Joy, RN at HPC Consultation Services Waterloo Region received The Dorothy Ley Award of Excellence in Hospice Palliative Care at the HPCO 2015 Annual Conference on April 20 in recognition of her contributions to improving the quality of palliative and end-of-life.
 

PALLIATIVE MB VOLUNTEERS RECOGNIZED
Congratulations to the Visiting and Bereavement Support Volunteers at Palliative MB for receiving the Premier’s Volunteer Award! The award was presented April 14 at the 32nd Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner.


 

VIRTUAL HOSPICE TEAM MEMBER RECEIVES AWARD
Project Manager JoAnn Lapointe McKenzie has been awarded the Manitoba Gerontological Nurses' Association (MGNA) Nursing Distinction Award - Education/Research/Administration. The award recognizes JoAnn’s enduring commitment to gerontological nursing and the care of older adults.
 

WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER HEATHER FRAYNE
Virtual Hospice welcomes Senior Communications Consultant Heather Frayne to the team.   Heather draws on her extensive experience in strategic communications, journalism, media and government relations and recently her work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada to provide communications advice and support to Virtual Hospice.

WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER MARISSA AMBALINA
Virtual Hospice also welcomes Communications Consultant Marissa Ambalina to the team. Marissa focuses on raising awareness and public engagement, website content management, and social media. She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a major in Marketing and has additional training in Public Relations from UCLA.

 

CALENDAR


May 13-14, 2015, Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association Annual Conference, Regina, SK. Brenda Hearson of Virtual Hospice will be speaking at the conference and looks forward to seeing you at the booth.

May 28-30, 2015, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians Annual Conference, Calgary, AB. Virtual Hospice Chair Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov will be delivering a keynote address. Visit us at our booth to find out about the Methadone training tool we are developing.

June 3-5, 2015, Dignity Therapy Workshop, Winnipeg, MB, hosted by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov  and the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit. SOLD OUT!

June 11-12, 2015, Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Truro, NS.

June 22-24, 2015, Conference of Community Health Nurses of Canada, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice will be hosting a pre-conference workshop and looks forward to seeing you at the booth.

September 17-18, 2015, Palliative Manitoba Annual Provincial Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Our Virtual Hospice team members will be presenting at the conference and look forward to seeing you at the booth. 

September 23-25, 2015, Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nursing Biennial Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist Janice Nesbitt will be speaking at the conference and looks forward to seeing you at the booth.

September 27-29, 2015, Dynamics of Critical Care Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice will be hosting a workshop.

October 14-16, 2015, Bereavement Ontario Network Conference, Orillia, ON.

October 26- 27, 2015, Palliative Education & Research Days, Edmonton, AB.

October 29- November 1, 2015, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Ottawa, ON. We look forward to seeing you at the booth.
 
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