Busting myths on hospice care

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Editor: May 4-10, 2014, is National Hospice Palliative Care Week. The theme for the week is Busting the Myths about Hospice Palliative Care. The aim of the week is to debunk some widely held myths and encourage conversations about end-of-life issues.

Hospice palliative care is a holistic approach that includes pain and symptom management, caregiver support, spiritual care, bereavement support and other services that are not only for the final days and months of life, but for the journey through the end-of-life and bereavement processes.

Hospice palliative care is provided to any individual regardless of their age. Services are provided to all Islanders as part of our Community of Care. Holistic care is provided in the place of your choosing — hospitals, long-term care, special palliative care units or in your own home.

On Prince Edward Island we face significant rates of chronic disease and a variety health conditions that contribute to the need for hospice palliative care services. It is essential that Islanders know about the high quality and accessibility of services across the province.

During this National Hospice Palliative Care Week we salute the volunteers and staff who provide compassionate care and support to the clients and families who are part of our Community of Care.

Hospice P.E.I. has a proud tradition of supporting and educating Islanders about end-of-life issues and journeying with clients and families as they face death and bereavement. Our mission is to provide care and support to persons living with or dying from a life-threatening illness, and to those who are bereaved.

Join with us in busting the myths about hospice palliative care and become part of our Community of Care. For information about our services and programs please visit, www.hospicepei.ca

Ms. Jodi Swan,

Chair, Board of Directors of Hospice P.E.I.

Organizations: National Hospice Palliative Care Week

Geographic location: Care, Prince Edward Island

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