The first full week of May marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week in Canada (May 2-8, 2021). It is a time to celebrate achievements, share knowledge and raise awareness of issues surrounding hospice palliative care in Canada. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) continues to move forward with the goal of ensuring that all Canadians, regardless of where they live, have equal access to quality hospice palliative care services for themselves and their families.
The CHPCA defines Hospice Palliative Care as healthcare that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for those living with a life limiting illness, as well as their families. Hospice Palliative Care addresses the specific physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears. The benefits of a Hospice Palliative Care approach include: pain management; symptom management; social, psychological, emotional and spiritual support; as well as, caregiver support.
The theme of National Palliative Care Week 2021 is “Light of My Life”. The CHPCA will be taking a moment to memorialize those who have passed, as well as appreciate those who have made this hard year a little brighter by shining a light on those who matter to us most. A variety of free events are scheduled including: Bright Future webinar (May 5th), screening of The Father (May 6th), and a virtual memorial event (May 7th). New resources are available to advance and advocate for improvements to palliative care, including: Hospice Palliative Care Fact Sheet 2021, a new letter writing toolkit and social media materials. Click here to learn more about the campaign.
The Prairie Mountain Health Region’s palliative care team joins the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association in celebrating National Palliative Care Week 2021. Our team is committed to providing whole person care that helps to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for those who have a life limiting illness that cannot be cured. We help individuals and families by providing: physical care, pain and symptom management, end of life planning and addressing emotional, spiritual and cultural needs. In addition we provide bereavement follow-up, volunteer services and Camp Bridges, a special camp dedicated to helping grieving children aged 7-15.
Palliative Care Services are available across the Prairie Mountain Health Region. Palliative care is appropriate for anyone diagnosed with a life limiting illness that cannot be cured and there is no additional costs for the service. Referrals to palliative care can be made by anyone – yourself, your physician, your family or friends by contacting a PMH Palliative Care Coordinator:
Melissa Peters (Brandon): 204-578-2340
Brenda Smith (East Prairie Mountain Health): 204-578-2338
Charla Murray (West Prairie Mountain Health): 204-764-4237
Jenna Zurba (North Prairie Mountain Health): 204-629-3006
Carla Mitchell (Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator): 204-578-2310
Carla Mitchell, Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator