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Message from the Minister of Health - National Hospice Palliative Care Week - May 6 - 12, 2018

Author: Health Canada
09 May 2018

We all deserve to end our lives in comfort and dignity, surrounded by those we love. This week marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week, a time to shed a light on this sometimes difficult but crucial issue.

This year’s theme is “Towards a more compassionate Canada, Eh?” and I encourage you to speak with family and friends about what makes a compassionate community and how we can enhance end-of-life care.

Palliative care is an essential part of our health care system, providing much-needed support to individuals and their families during what is often the most difficult times of their lives. Sadly, roughly 70% of Canadians who could benefit from palliative care lack access to it.

Our government is committed to improving palliative care and making it available to all Canadians. I invite you to participate in our public consultation. Your input will help develop a framework to improve access to palliative care, which will be introduced later this year.

This week, I would like say a special thanks to the dedicated professionals and caring volunteers who provide palliative care, and to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and other partners for their work to raise awareness about end-of-life care. Although it is not always easy, understanding and improving palliative care will help all Canadians live out their days on their own terms.

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health

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I am a Palliative care Nurse in the community. It would be beneficial to our Clients if the Nurses were in place a week or two earlier for those wanting to pass peacefully at home. We need to be in homes earlier to provide more end of life support and to ensure comfort for end of life both physically and mentally. We are often assigned to a Client who has only a day of life left. Families often say, " We are so glad to see you, but we wish you could have been here earlier." So many families struggle trying to care for loved ones at home at end of life with no Palliative Nurses in place. Too little, too late.

5/17/2018 12:23:23 AM

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