(extract from News Release April 30/14)
National Hospice Palliative Care Week
“Busting the Myths about Hospice Palliative Care”
May 4 – 10, 2014
CALGARY, AB. April 30, 2014 – “Busting the Myths about Hospice Palliative Care” is the theme of the 2014 National Hospice Palliative Care Week from May 4 – 10. Although Alberta is fortunate to have a growing number of community- based hospice palliative care groups, as well as services through Alberta Health Services, there are many Albertans who miss the benefits of this end-of-life care because of existing myths. This year’s National Hospice Palliative Care Week campaign tackles those myths.
The goal of hospice palliative care is to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life for patients and families who are living with or dying from advanced illness, or who are bereaved.
However, one commonly held myth is that receiving hospice palliative care means that you are going to die imminently. The fact? “Hospice palliative care is not just for the final days or months of life. It’s a holistic approach that includes pain and symptom management, caregiver support, spiritual care, bereavement, and much more.” (www.chpca.net)
To promote hospice palliative care and its benefits, and to support community based programs, there will be a number of activities across Alberta. Some of these include:
- May 4th – Hike for Hospice. All funds raised for this event stay in the community where the hike occurs.
- May 9th – The 14th Annual Mary O’Connor Palliative and Hospice Care Conference in Calgary
- May 6th – Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association Roadshow: “Take a Deep Breath – It’s About You!” in Lacombe.
The Alberta Hospice and Palliative Care Association is a provincial,not-for-profit registered charity which engages in actions and strategies leading to comprehensive, equitable and quality end-of-life care for all Albertans. AHPCA is affiliated with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.
For additional information about National Hospice Palliative Care Week, please contact Wendy Kurchak or Jennifer Elliott at the Alberta Hospice Palliative Care Association.