Canadian Virtual Hospice | Portail palliatif canadien
ENEWS -- October 2015
  SPOTLIGHT ON
IAN'S WALK - FINAL MILES, FINAL STEPS
Today, Ian Bos will complete his epic 5 month journey across Canada for hospice and palliative care.  On May 21 Ian Bos began his cross-Canada walk for hospice and palliative care in tribute to the excellent care his father, Ted, received at the end of his life and to raise awareness and funds for palliative care. Carrying a 50 lb pack (“because people carry a heavy load at end of life”), and with the logistics and communication support of Nick Kootnikoff, Ian followed the TransCanada Highway through hamlets and metropolitan centres, visiting hospices, hospitals, meeting with people who were living their last days, families, volunteers, advocates, people working in palliative care and the media. He shared his inspirational story and heard countless stories from Canadians. Ian is scheduled to arrive at the “finish line“ in Victoria, BC on October 26.  

We salute Ian Bos for having the vision to see the opportunity, the passion to take it on, the determination to surmount barriers, and the optimism to put the best face on every challenge. You have made an incredible difference in palliative care. From a grateful palliative care community: Thank you Ian and Nick!

It's not too late to donate! Click here to Donate to Ian's Walk or text the word "Hospice" on your cell phone to 20222 to donate $10 which will be charged directly on your cell phone bill.
 

FOR EVERYONE
TAKE A BOW – A TRIBUTE TO IAN BOS BY DR. GERALD FARRELL
“It was very evident from the initial encounter that here was a man who dearly loved his father and wanted to experience, and be a vital part of the end of life journey that his father had embarked on.” Click here to read more of Dr. Farrell’s tribute to Ian and his walk for End of Life Care. Dr. Farrell provided care and support for Ian’s father in his final days and played a major role in inspiring Ian to walk across the country for hospice palliative care. 

FOR EVERYONE
MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS FROM IAN’S JOURNEY

NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR EVERYONE
TOPICS ARTICLE - ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: COPING WITH ADVANCED ILLNESS AND DYING AS A FAMILY
“The moment we heard about Dad’s cancer diagnosis, everything changed…” When someone is diagnosed with advanced illness, each family member will respond and deal with the situation in their own way. Outlooks on life, behavior and roles can change, which naturally affects family dynamics. Our new Topics article provides insight on how to cope with a serious illness as a family.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
EXCHANGE ARTICLE – BRINGING PALLIATIVE CARE TO THE HOMELESS
Canada’s homeless are an underserved population in hospice and palliative care. Anton Nikouline BMSc and Naheed Dosani MD are working to find solutions to this shortcoming. In this new Exchange article they present findings from their study, “Benefits and Barriers to the Homeless by In-Shelter Palliative Care” and suggest strategies for implementation in Toronto.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE – CANADA: ONE OF THE WORLD'S BEST OR WORST PLACES TO DIE?
The 2015 Quality of Death Index by the Economist ranks the quality and availability of palliative care in 80 countries. Countries were evaluated on five categories: the palliative and healthcare environment, human resources, the affordability of care, the quality of care and the level of community engagement. Where does Canada fall on the list?
Infographic of key findings
Full Report

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE - "I DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THIS": A COMPASSIONATE GUIDE TO CARING FOR YOUR PARENTS AND YOURSELF
Katherin Arnup PhD  has developed an invaluable resource for all of us with aging parents. Discover ways to begin important conversations with your parents, tools you need to survive as a caregiver, keys to handling guilt and regret, and the rewards of being present with loved ones during the end of life.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE – RECOMMENDING HEALTH APPS TO PATIENTS
A guide to help health care professionals evaluate mobile health apps has been developed by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCE - THE LONGEST LOSS: ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND DEMENTIA
Grief and loss begins at the time of diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. This book by the Hospice Foundation of America offers advice on specific challenges that dementia creates for patients, families, and professional caregivers during the course of the illness.
 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - WHAT DOES THE CARTER DECISION MEAN FOR NURSES?
In this article, the Canadian Nurses Protective Society (CNPS) discusses the Supreme Court's Ruling on Physician- Assisted Dying and considerations for nursing practice.
 

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - THE PALLIATIVE APPROACH TO CARE AND THE ROLE OF THE NURSE
A joint position statement that outlines the fundamental role of nurses in palliative care has been developed by The Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Nurses Group. Available in French and English.

 

NEWS


CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION’S (CMA) POSITION ON PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DYING


 
The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians was successful in having the following resolution passed at the CMA’s Annual General Meeting in August 2015: “The Canadian Medical Association recognizes that the practice of assisted death as defined by the Supreme Court of Canada is distinct from the practice of palliative care." 

WORLD HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE DAY (#WHPCDAY2015) – 10 VIDEOS. 10 HOURS.


 
On October 10 Virtual Hospice celebrated #WHPCDay2015 by highlighting one video every hour for ten hours on this year’s theme - patients living in unique conditions that often struggle with access to palliative care. LGBT End-of-Life Conversations (1:26), Barriers to palliative care delivery in First Nations (5:49) and Teaching Tom about life and death (7:26) are a few of the videos featured.

HELP CREATE A MIRACLE THIS HOLIDAY - 25 FLIGHTS BY 25 AMAZING FLIGHT HEROES


 
Give a Mile is looking to provide 25 free flights to connect people with serious illness with family and friends over the holidays. All flight cost and taxes are covered. They are also seeking 25 flight heroes to gather 25 friends to help raise 25,000 miles to make these miracles happen. 

DR. HARVEY MAX CHOCHINOV: JOHN MENDELSOHN AWARD RECIPIENT
Congratulations to Virtual Hospice Chair Harvey Max Chochinov for receiving MD Anderson’s 12th Annual John Mendelsohn Award for outstanding contributions in the development of the field of palliative care. The award was presented on October 17 in Houston, TX at the Interdisciplinary Conference on Supportive Care, Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

PERTH HOSPITAL UNVEILS NEW PALLIATIVE CARE SPACE
On September 15 Perth Hospital in Ontario officially unveiled their new palliative care room where families can gather for support and privacy. The room was created in honour of Valerie Beechey, a fourth generation nurse from the area.

HOSPICE BEDS NOW OPEN IN PARKSVILLE, BC
A new five-bed hospice space in the East wing at Trillium Lodge residential care facility officially opened on October 9. Trillium Lodge is located in Parksville Qualicum Beach, which has one of the oldest populations in the country.
 

WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER ANDREA WARNICK
Virtual Hospice welcomes Andrea Warnick to the team. Andrea is a nurse, educator, and grief counsellor who specializes in preparing children for a death and supporting them in their grief. For Virtual Hospice, Andrea provides advice, and develops and reviews content related to supporting grieving children, their families and their wider community.  She also responds to and collaborates on our "Ask a Professional" questions.

CALENDAR


October 26- 27, 2015, Palliative Education & Research Days, Edmonton, AB.  Virtual Hospice Executive Director, Shelly Cory and Spiritual Care Adviser Shane Sinclair will be presenting on our Knowledge Tools projects.

October 29- November 1, 2015, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Ottawa, ON. Virtual Hospice and our partners will be presenting three new online tools.

November 3-5, 2015, First Nation Health Managers Association Conference, Montreal, QC. Virtual Hospice’s Brenda Hearson and Karen Schmidt from File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council will be presenting the new First Nations Inuit Empowerment Tool.

November 12-13, 2015, Northwestern Ontario Palliative Care Booster, Thunder Bay, ON.

November 12-14, 2015, Family Medicine Forum, Toronto, ON. Virtual Hospice’s Drs. Mike Harlos and Cornie Woelk along with Methadone Team member Dr. Dori Seccareccia of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre will be launching the new Methadone for Analgesia in Palliative Care Training Tool for Physicians.

November 18, 2015, Central West Palliative Care Network, Brampton, ON. Virtual Hospice’s Executive Director Shelly Cory and Communications Manager Marissa Ambalina will be presenting at the conference.

January 10, 2016. Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) 2016 Abstract Deadline
CAPO is accepting abstract submissions for their 2016 Conference: Generation Y to Older Adults – Psychosocial Care Across the Ages which takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from May 11-13, 2016.
 
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