Rochelle Smith

Busting the Myths

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Busting the Myths around the Palliative Approach to Care:

Myth #1: Palliative care is most appropriate for patients who will likely die within weeks.
It’s a common misperception that a palliative approach to care is for patients who are dying. In reality, taking a palliative approach means focusing on improving the quality of life, and focusing holistically on pain and symptom management for those with life limiting illnesses. It is provided in all health care settings and involves physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care.

Myth #2: Treatment stops when palliative care starts.
You may think that palliative care signals the end of chronic disease management and related treatment. In reality, some disease-oriented treatments improve symptoms and increase quality of life and therefore continue to be provided as a comfort measure.

 

Myth #3: Palliative care is best provided by specialists.
Some think that only specialists can provide palliative care. In reality, a palliative approach to care is part of providing comprehensive primary care and can be augmented, if required, by palliative care professionals. We believe that the palliative approach to care should be part of the skills and competencies of all health care providers who care for patients with serious life limiting illnesses.

 

Myth #4: Raising the topic of palliative care with patients and caregivers robs them of hope.
You may think that patients are better o not talking about palliative care. In reality, a patient does not have to be within weeks of dying to bene t from palliative care. You can start the discussion early about protecting their quality of life as long as possible, which could include clinical interventions but also means understanding what’s important to that patient. Patients can articulate what’s important to them through advance care planning—a process that encourages individuals to re ect on their values and wishes, and lets others know their future health and personal care preferences in the event that they become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care. Ask yourself this question if you are wondering when you should raise advance care planning with a patient: Would you be surprised if this patient died within 6-12 months? If you answered yes, then raising the subject with your patient is really important.

 

 

Getting to Know Members of Our Palliative Care Team

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In honour of National Hospice Palliative Care Week (May 1-7), the Cape Breton Post is recognizing members of our local palliative care team in Getting to Know features throughout the month of May.

Getting to Know: Alan McDonald

Alan McDonald is a retired teacher, guidance counsellor and principal, and is currently the bereavement co-ordinator for Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton.

He’s been involved with the group for 10 years and says it’s important because it is designed to support families and friends who lose a loved one while in palliative care service. He adds the feedback has been very positive and he gives much of the credit to the volunteers who devote their time and energy to palliative care.

To view complete Cape Breton Post article click here

Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County, BCA Group and Membertou, Partner on New Hospice Facility

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The announcement was made today, May 9, 2016, that a 10-bed residential hospice facility will be built in Cape Breton.  This will be the result of a community development partnership between the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County, BCA Group, and Membertou.

Membertou will provide land for the facility adjacent to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, and BCA Group will raise the money needed for construction of it, through its 2016-2017 community economic development investment fund (CEDIF).The hospice society will be responsible for raising approximately $1 million to furnish and fully equip the facility.

The provincial government has not yet signed on to the project, but the hospice society has submitted a proposal and business plan to Health Minister Leo Glavine and hopes the province will soon commit to funding the facility’s annual operating costs.

For more information view the Cape Breton Post article

Listen to Steve Sutherland’s (CBC Information Morning) interview with Aurelle Landry, Executive Director for the Society, and Nancy Dingwall, co-chair of the Board.  Click here

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(Photo credit: Membertou)

 

Getting to Know Members of Our Palliative Care Team

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In honour of National Hospice Palliative Care Week (May 1-7), the Cape Breton Post is recognizing members of our local palliative care team in Getting to Know features throughout the month of May.

April 29: Features Laurie Mortimer who is clinical nurse lead for the palliative care program and has been involved with the Hospice Palliative Care Society for eight years. Click here to see article.

Day 1 of Sunflower Treasures: Success!

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Wow, what a successful day at Sunflower Treasures! Items were flying off the shelves. A BIG thank you goes out to those who donated pre-loved items to make today possible, and to the shoppers who stopped in to find some treasures.

From purses, to antique dishes, to beautiful sterling silver jewellery, there were tons of beautiful items to be found.

We open again tomorrow morning, April 30, at 10 a.m.

National Hospice Palliative Care Week|2016 Events

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Let’s Talk about Hospice Palliative Care

National Hospice Palliative Care Week 2016 Events:

May 1      (April 29/30) Pop Up Shop Booth/ 291 Esplanade (across from the Holiday Inn) 10:00 am – 6:00 pm daily

May 2      Cake and Conversation/NSHA -Glace Bay General Hospital/5:00– 7:00 pm

May 3      Hospice Week Flag Raising, Civic Centre/9:30 am

May 3      Cake and Conversation/NSHA –Northside General Hospital/10:30 am

May 4      Cake and Conversation/ NSHA – Cape Breton Regional Hospital/9:30 am

May 4      Cake and Conversation/NSHA – New Waterford Consolidated Hospital/9:30 am

May 5      Let’s Talk About Hospice Palliative Care Panel /Doktor Luke’s/ 6:00 pm

(CBU Nursing Students/NSCC Practical Nursing and Continuing Care Students)

Burger Week 2015

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From October 31 to November 7, 2015, taste buds in the CBRM were delighted by specialty burgers created by 18 restaurants, all in support of the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County.

During the week, each restaurant donated a portion or all of the proceeds from each Burger Week burger sold to the Society.

Thanks to the participating restaurants and hungry Cape Bretoners, more than $10,000 was raised in support of palliative care patients and their families.

“At Casino Nova Scotia, we are very proud to be given the opportunity to participate 
in the annual Burger Week fundraiser to support the Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County. Our Mantra is Proud of our Business, People and our Community. We were very pleased with this year’s results, and again we donated 100% of the selling price. We are proud to report we sold 264 burgers for a total donation of $3,429.36.
 A highlight for our team was the day we had 40 burgers ordered for takeout – our employees had a blast taking care of this order.”

Greg MacPherson, Food & Beverage Manager, Casino Nova Scotia