It's National Hospice Palliative Care Week!
(Doesn't that just roll off the tongue?)
This year's theme is "The Power of 10" and the CHPCA (that's the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association to those in the know) is urging everyone to talk to 10 people they know about - you guessed it - Hospice Palliative Care!
Okay, so what is Hospice Palliative Care?
This little fact sheet covers it quite well, but to put it simply:
Hospice palliative care aims to relieve suffering, while improving the quality of living and dying.
That could mean things like staying at a residential hospice like Ty Watson House, or getting counseling, but could also mean things like getting home visits from Hospice volunteers to chat or play cards, or Healing Touch and Reiki treatments, or maybe something else entirely!
Hospice Palliative Care can be tailored to the individual, so it looks a little different for everyone.
That's the beauty of Hospice Palliative Care!
You can read the CHPCA's Comprehensive Report by clicking here.
In it, you'll find that:
- Only 16 to 30 percent of Canadians who die have access to or receive specialist hospice palliative and end-of-life care services. It all depends on where they live in Canada.
- Even fewer receive grief and bereavement services.
- Most people would prefer to die at home surrounded by their loved ones, yet almost 70 percent of Canadians die in a hospital.
We're so lucky in Port Alberni to have a Hospice Society that offers:
- Free grief counseling to anyone in the community
- 4-bed residential hospice bed program (that's Ty Watson House!)
- Complementary integrative health services (code for things like Healing Touch, Reiki, Massage, etc.)
- Free lending library with books on caregiving, end of life, bereavement, and more.
- and many other services!
Thanks for supporting Hospice in the valley, and be sure to spread the word about Hospice Palliative Care!