May 6-12 marks the 18th annual Hospice Palliative Care Week. This year, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) and all local hospice palliative care programs and services encourage Canadians to reflect on what makes a compassionate community. Using this model, how can we provide better end of life care for all Canadians?
Our communities form a huge part of our lived experiences and are a key component of living well. This extends to palliative and end of life care. When we are faced with a critical illness or must make decisions surrounding our wishes for the end of life, our communities are the ones who step in to support us and ensure our wishes are honoured. The better connected we are, the more effective those communities can be.
The Towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury, New Tecumseth, Innisfil and Essa Township will host a flag raising during the week to honour and recognize the exceptional and compassionate hospice work that is offered in our communities. Flags were designed and donated by The Look Company.
During Hospice Palliative Care Week public discussion about how to foster compassionate communities as an essential piece of how hospice palliative care is delivered in Canada is encouraged. Through the promotion of resources and tools, online engagement and in-person interactions, the CHPCA will help Canadians start conversations to answer the question, what are compassionate communities and how can they be nurtured to develop the capacity to care for our citizens at the end of life?
Matthews House Hospice is a home in the heart of South Simcoe that offers both residential-based care to people in the last stages of their lives and community-based programs for people dealing with grief or a life-limiting illness. It lets residents spend their final days together with loved ones in a peaceful, comfortable and meaningful environment. The hospice is staffed by a dedicated team of professionals and volunteers who provide compassionate, palliative care to meet residents’ every need and ensure that each moment counts.