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ENEWS -- April 2015
  SPOTLIGHT ON
SUPPORTING CAREGIVERS

Family caregivers play an essential role in Canada. But while caring for a family member or a close friend can be very rewarding, it can also be exceptionally demanding. Balancing caregiving duties, personal life and work can negatively impact a caregiver’s financial, emotional and personal well-being. This edition of eNews focuses on articles and resources to support caregivers.
FOR EVERYONE
NEW ASKED AND ANSWERED – PROVIDING SUPPORT FROM A DISTANCE
I live far from a friend who’s caring for his dying father. How can I be supportive from a distance? Read our answer.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
ASKED AND ANSWERED – PATIENT DEBRIEFING SESSIONS
What can health care providers do for self care if they do not have patient debriefing sessions or grief support services in their workplace? Read our answer.

FOR EVERYONE
NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVER DAY: CARE & WORK – A BALANCING ACT
National Family Caregiver Day on April 7 recognizes the invaluable contribution families, friends and other caregivers make daily as they balance caregiving and work. In recognition of this day, the Canadian Care Coalition is hosting a series of podcasts that share caregiving strategies and tools, as well as a tweet chat. Take part in the national conversation by adding #careandwork to your tweets.

FOR EVERYONE
INSPIRING VIDEO - I’LL KEEP GETTING UP
Kim Grant, a Winnipeg mother whose 23-year-old daughter died of cancer, shares her story in a video entitled I’ll Keep Getting Up: Karalee’s Choice. Kim discusses her experiences supporting and caring for her daughter at home at the end of life.

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCES AND TOOLS FOR SUPPORTING CAREGIVERS

FOR EVERYONE
RESOURCES FOR SUPPORTING FIRST NATIONS CAREGIVERS


NEW ON VIRTUAL HOSPICE


FOR PROFESSIONALS
NEW EXCHANGE ARTICLE: A NEW MODEL FOR DISCUSSING PALLIATIVE CARE
Pippa Hawley MD of the University of British Columbia, describes The Bow Tie Model of 21st Century Palliative Care. This model can be used by healthcare providers to encourage discussion of palliative care at a stage when cure may be unlikely but possible.

FOR PROFESSIONALS
NEW EXCHANGE POSTER: WHERE TO DIE: WHO’S CHOOSING?
Where to Die: Who’s Choosing? is a new research poster by Fred Burge MD of Dalhousie University. Dr. Burge’s poster identifies factors involved in whether patients with advanced illness voiced a preference concerning where they will die.

FOR EVERYONE
NEW ASKED AND ANSWERED – ADVANCED LIVER DISEASE
What can be expected with advanced liver disease? Read our answer.

FOR EVERYONE
NEW WEBSITE OFFERS END-OF-LIFE RESOURCES FOR LGBT SENIORS
Simon Fraser University has recently launched LGBT End-of-Life Conversations to support seniors who are seeking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgendered-friendly tools and services. 

FOR EVERYONE
NEW RESOURCE – TERMINAL ILLNESS APPLICATION FOR CANADA PENSION PLAN DISABILITY BENEFIT
Are you or do you know someone living with a life-limiting illness? Financial assistance may be available through the Canada Pension Plan Disability benefit. The application may be completed on the Service Canada website.
  
NEWS


WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER ELDER BETTY MCKENNA
Virtual Hospice welcomes Elder Betty McKenna as the team’s Elder in Residence. Elder Betty reviews website content and provides guidance from an Indigenous perspective. She is also the Elder in Residence, First Nations and Métis Education at the Regina Public School Board, and guiding Elder for RESOLVE Saskatchewan.

START ONE OF LIFE’S MOST IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS
April 16 is National Advance Care Planning Day. Start the conversation about care preferences and who will speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself. Virtual Hospice will be sharing information and resources on advance care planning all week, April 13-17, on Twitter and Facebook.

80 COUNTRIES AGREE ON NEED FOR GLOBAL ACTION AGAINST DEMENTIA
80 countries have reached consensus on the need for coordinated efforts to track evolution of the disease burden of dementia, create policies to address its impact, and conduct research for treatment and improved, cost-effective care. The consensus was reached at the first World Health Organization Ministerial Conference on Global Action Against Dementia on March 16 and 17. 
 

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND OPENS FIRST HOSPICE
The Provincial Palliative Care Centre officially opened its doors on March 27, 2015. The centre houses a 10 bed outpatient clinic, Hospice PEI and Provincial Integrated Palliative Care Program offices, and additional services for families such as an on-site kitchen, dining area and multipurpose room.

DR.MARY LOU KELLEY HONOURED
Mary Lou Kelly PhD received the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Distinguished Researcher award at Lakehead University’s Research and Innovation Awards Reception on March 12, 2015. Dr. Kelley’s lifework is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who are dying, including Indigenous people, and those living in rural communities and long-term care facilities. Dr. Kelley is a member of a Virtual Hospice team that is creating a First Nations, Inuit, Metis Empowerment Tool.

UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY SEEKS ASSISTANT PROFESSOR FOR PALLIATIVE MEDICINE
Applications for a full-time Assistant Professor level (or higher) academic position within the department of Palliative Medicine are being accepted until April 30, 2015.

 

750,000
The number of people who found trusted information and personalized support at www.virtualhospice.ca between April 31 and March 12, 2015. We reached our goal two weeks early! A special thank-you to all of the Virtual Hospice ambassadors around the world who share our content, pamphlets, links, resources, tweets and posts. Let’s see if we can help 1 million visitors this year!

CONGRATULATIONS TEAM SHAN!
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has approved Team Shan’s grant request for an awareness raising campaign at the University of British Columbia Vancouver campus. Led by Lorna Larsen, Team Shan raises awareness of breast cancer with young women. Virtual Hospice is proud to have supported the team’s application.
 

WELCOME NEW TEAM MEMBER JANICE NESBITT  
Virtual Hospice welcomes Clinical Nurse Specialist Janice Nesbitt to the team. Janice reviews and develops new content for the website and triages and coordinates the clinical team’s responses to questions submitted to Ask a Professional.


 

CALENDAR


April 19-21, 2015, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Annual Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

April 22-24, 2015, Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Annual Conference, Montréal, Québec. Virtual Hospice will be making four presentations. Executive Director, Shelly Cory, Senior Communications Consultant Heather Frayne and Clinical Team Member Dr. Shane Sinclair will see you at the booth.

May 13-14, 2015, Saskatchewan Hospice Palliative Care Association Annual Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan. 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, Alberta. Virtual Hospice Chair Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov will be delivering a keynote address.

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

June 22-24, 2015, Conference of Community Health Nurses of Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
 
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