The experience of death and dying is unique to each individual and is a reality faced by everyone at some point in their lives. Access to high quality palliative care can have a profound impact on the quality of life of both the individual who is dying and their loved ones.
Hospice Palliative Care, or simply “palliative care”, is a philosophy of care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying. It is an approach to care rather than a diagnosis. It is used to support not only the individual with the illness or disease but their family and other loved ones as well.
In the North West LHIN, the aging population and higher prevalence of advanced chronic disease puts an increased demand on palliative care services.
In 2011 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care released “Advancing High Quality, High Value Palliative Care in Ontario: A Declaration of Partnership & Commitment to Action” identifying a common vision for palliative care in Ontario. In response, the North West LHIN partnered with the Northwestern Ontario End-of-Life Care Network and St. Joseph’s Care Group (SJCG) to develop a regional plan to mobilize, strengthen, and reorient the health care system to improve access to safe, comprehensive, and high quality palliative care for all residents of Northwestern Ontario.
In 2015, the EOL Care Network transitioned to become the North West LHIN Regional Palliative Care Program (North West LHIN RPCP) with SJCG as the designated North West LHIN RPCP lead with the mandate to oversee implementation of the regional plan and improving access to safe, comprehensive and high quality palliative care for all residents of North Western Ontario.
The RPCP is responsible for providing leadership and structure to advancing standardization, education, capacity building, coordination and continuous quality improvement related to palliative care services across the continuum of care and care settings.
The RPCP has also established an advisory committee that provides leadership and guidance to facilitate the implementation of the regional palliative care plan.
Visit www.rpcp.sjcg.net for further information on the RPCP and the committee.
- Click here to download the Regional Palliative Care Plan (French)