The Issue

Hospice Palliative Care is Compassionate Care

Hospice palliative care aims to help people who are living with or dying from a serious, life-limiting illness, as well as their family and caregivers. The goal of hospice palliative care is to relieve pain and suffering, and to improve a person’s quality of life, whether at home, in a hospice, hospital, or long-term care home.

It is a form of healthcare which every person in Ontario would want to have available when the moment comes, and yet we still have a long way to go.

“Palliative care improves the quality of life throughout the treatment of a serious illness by providing practical, emotional and spiritual support. Hospice care places a high value on dignity, respect, and the wishes of the person who is ill, as well as the needs of the person’s loved ones.”

– Teena Kindt, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region

“We recommend that all provinces have a provincial strategy for palliative care, like that being recommended in MPP Oosterhoff’s draft Private Members Bill in Ontario”

– Dr. J. David Henderson, President, Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians

“As a family physician, I understand the importance of a provincial framework for palliative care and the importance of increased awareness and access for patients. I support the objective of this Private Member’s Bill and thank MPP Oosterhoff for his advocacy.”

– Dr. Shawn Whatley, President, Ontario Medical Association

“High-quality education and training in palliative care are of paramount importance for all healthcare providers‎. Our patients deserve it.”

– Dr. Darren Cargill, Palliative Care Physician, the Hospice of Windsor & Essex County

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