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ENEWS -- July / August 2015
  IMPORTANT NEWS
Chair of Canadian Virtual Hospice to lead national panel on Supreme Court Decision
The Government of Canada has announced that Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, Chair of the Canadian Virtual Hospice, will lead a three-member panel that will consult with Canadians on how to respond to the Supreme Court of Canada’s Carter decision.  Joining Dr. Chochinov on the panel are Catherine Frazee, Professor Emerita at Ryerson University and Benoît Pelletier, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa and constitutional expert.

The panel will meet with key stakeholders and interveners in the Carter case and consult with Canadians online. A report including key findings and legislative options in the wake of the Supreme Court of Canada decision on euthanasia and assisted suicide earlier this year will be provided to the federal ministers of health and justice this fall.


SPOTLIGHT ON
SELF CARE
It’s summer; warm weather is here. Take a mini break from caregiving and bring on the barbeques, ice-cream, beaches, flip-flops and summer reading. We know caregiving can be mentally, physically and emotionally challenging, so recharge by taking some time for you! This edition of eNews features resources on self care and well-being. Below is a list of Canadian Virtual Hospice staff’s inspiring summer reads to help you kick start your “me” time. Enjoy!

SUMMER READING LIST
FICTION
1. The Orphan Train - C.B. Kline
2. Lottery - Patricia Wood  
3. Lost and Found - Brooke Davis
4. We Are Not Ourselves - Matthew Thomas
5. We Were Liars - E. Lockhart
6. We Are All Made of Molecules - Susin Nielsen
7. All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews
8. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
9. Revenir de loin - Marie Laberge
10. La cérémonie des anges - Marie Laberge

NON-FICTION
1. What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom For The End Of Life - David Kuhl
2. Winter Grief, Summer Grace: Returning to Life After a Loved One Dies - James E. Miller
3. Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart - Alan D. Wolfelt
4. Catching Your Breath in Grief: ...and Grace Will Lead You Home - Thomas Attig
5. Like A Hole In The Head: Living With A Brain Tumour – Ivan Noble
6. Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry – Lorri Neilsen Glenn
7. Being Mortal - Atul Gawande
 
FOR EVERYONE
TIPS FOR SELF CARE
Take a break. Accept help from others. For more useful tips on caring for yourself see our Topics article.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCES AND TOOLS FOR SELF CAREE

NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE

FOR EVERYONE
10 MYTHS ABOUT PALLIATIVE CARE INFOGRAPHIC
Our “10 Myths about Palliative Care” Topics article was so popular that we decided to turn it into an infographic. Print and share to help correct myths about palliative care.
 

FOR EVERYONE
NEW VIDEO – CLOSURE? DOES IT EXIST?
In this TEDxTalks video, Nancy Berns discusses the concept of closure. She believes joy and grief can be carried together and closure is not necessary to heal. Nancy claims that we can learn how to live with our loss and carry our grief in a way that leaves room for joy and love.

FOR EVERYONE
TOPICS ARTICLE - WHAT DO I SAY?
“Tips for talking to someone who is dying” provides advice for communicating with a person during any point of their serious illness. These tips are especially useful when a person is expected to live only a few more weeks or days.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
NEW RESOURCE - AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS)
Dr. Fiona Punter’s PowerPoint presentation includes a review of ALS clinical features, epidemiology, pathophysiology and prognostic factors. It also provides info on treatment management throughout the progression of the disease and considerations for end-of-life care for the ALS patient.

 

FOR EVERYONE
TOPICS ARTICLE - CARE OF THE BODY AFTER DEATH
Caring for a person’s body after death has occurred can be a way to honour the person – a final act of kindness to him or her. Our new Topics article outlines steps for washing, dressing and positioning the deceased person for those who wish to be involved.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
RESOURCE - PSYCHOSOCIAL & PALLIATIVE CARE PATHWAY
Cancer Care Ontario’s pathway model provides an overview of best practices to manage patients during a specific phase of the cancer journey.
 

FOR EVERYONE
VIDEO - PALLIATIVE CARE - DIGNITY & COMFORT
Virtual Hospice’s Clinical Team Leader, Dr. Mike Harlos discusses the importance of palliative care for patients and their families in this episode of Doctors Care.
 


 

NEWS

PALLIATIVE CARE COSTS IN CANADA
Laval University researcher Serge Dumont PhD and his team have completed a comparative analysis of palliative care costs for people living in rural and urban areas.

 

RESPONSE TO “THE MAKING OF A MYTH: UNRELIABLE DATA ON ACCESS TO PALLIATIVE CARE IN CANADA”
Read Dr. David Henderson’s response, on behalf of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, to Jocelyn Downie, law and medicine professor at Dalhousie University’s article “The Making of a Myth: Unreliable Data on Access to Palliative Care in Canada” published in the December 2014 Health Law Review.
 

CARP’S ADVOCACY ISSUES
CARP has released a list of its Top 10 Advocacy Issues. At the top of the list is Support for Caregivers. Patient Centred Health Care is number 4 and End-of-Life Care comes in at number 9.


 

END-OF-LIFE CARE GETS $1M BOOST

Saint Elizabeth Community Enterprise is investing $1 million this year to improve end-of-life care. The investment will go towards research, supporting residential hospices, delivering high quality palliative care education to health care providers and volunteers, and expanding access to spiritual care, bereavement and family supports.

JUST ASK CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED
CARENET, in partnership with Speak Up has developed two tools - “Just Ask About Advance Care Planning” card and “Just Ask: A Conversation Guide for Goals of Care Discussions.” These tools were created to help clinicians engage patients in discussions about advance care planning and goals of care.

DE SOUZA INSTITUTE: INTRO TO HOSPICE PALLIATIVE CARE COURSE

This online course will help health care professionals expand their hospice and palliative care knowledge. Participants will learn communication, assessment and symptom management skills and the various roles of an interdisciplinary hospice palliative care team. The course runs from July 20 to August 31, 2015. The last day to register is Sunday, July 19, 2015.

PALLIATIVE CARE IN LONG TERM CARE GRANT

 
The “Partnering Together to Improve Palliative Care in Long Term Care” research project has received a grant of $740,000 for 2015 to 2018. The funding was provided by The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Partnerships in Health System Improvement, Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, Manitoba Health Research Council, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. The project is led by Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen, McMaster University and Ms. Jeanette O'Leary, CEO of Shalom Village. Virtual Hospice Executive Director Shelly Cory is part of the project team.

GRANT AWARDED FOR COMPASSION PROJECT
A grant of $98,000 from the Medical Services Incorporated Foundation of Alberta has been awarded to fund the project “Healthcare providers' understandings and experiences of compassion: Improving the delivery of healthcare services to Albertans from the inside-out”. The principal investigator on the project is Virtual Hospice’s Spiritual Care Consultant, Dr. Shane Sinclair.

2015 DIGNITY THERAPY WORKSHOP
Dr. Harvey Chochinov and the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit hosted the 7th annual International Dignity Therapy Workshop from June 3-5. The workshop was once again sold out and this year's attendance was the highest to date. Delegates came from all over the world including China, Western Europe, the United States and Canada.

FEATURE ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE TEAM MEMBER – RAYMOND F. CURRIE
Meet Raymond Currie PhD, LLD, Virtual Hospice Editor for the Exchange. Raymond is one of Canada’s leading sociologists and is a Dean Emeritus of the University of Manitoba. He has lectured on academic leadership across Canada and is widely recognized for his research, publications, and contributions to both university governance and public policy.


 

CALENDAR


August 20, 2015, University of Calgary, Food for Thought: The Faculty of Nursing Breakfast Series, Calgary, AB. Virtual Hospice Spiritual Care Consultant Shane Sinclair will speak on “The Compassion Gap: Confessions from the other side of the bed rail.”

September 17-18, 2015, Palliative Manitoba Annual Provincial Conference, Winnipeg, MB. Virtual Hospice team members will be presenting at the conference on our Knowledge Transfer Tools projects and look forward to meeting with 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 hopes to meet you at the booth.

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

October 4 -7, 2015, Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology/Association (CANO) Conference, Toronto, ON. Virtual Hospice's Executive Director, Shelly Cory and Clinical Nurse Specialist Brenda Hearson will be presenting on our Knowledge Tranfer Tools Projects. Community Moderator Colleen Young will be presenting with Heather Sinardo of Canadian Cancer Society on Patients Pushing the Boundaries of Privacy and Support in the Digital Age.

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

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

October 29- November 1, 2015, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Conference, Ottawa, ON. Virtual Hospice reps will be exhibiting four presentations at the conference and look forward to seeing you at the booth.
 
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