North Simcoe Muskoka Hospice Palliative Care
Hospice palliative care, as defined within the foundational report Advancing High Quality, High Value Palliative Care in Ontario: The Declaration of Partnership and Commitment to Action, aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying. It strives to help individuals and families:
- Address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears
- Prepare for and manage end-of-life choices and the dying process
- Cope with loss and grief
- Treat all active issues
- Prevent new issues from occurring
- Promote opportunities for meaningful and valuable experiences, and personal and spiritual growth
In March 2016, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (the Ministry) announced the creation of the Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN). This initiative aligns with the Ministry’s strategy to prioritize greater patient choice in hospice palliative and end-of-life care as highlighted in its Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care.
The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network is working with our local hospice palliative care providers to strengthen palliative care with patients and families in our communities.
Regional Hospice Palliative Care Engagement Sessions
To help support the development of the North Simcoe Muskoka Palliative Care Network (NSMPCN), the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN and Cancer Care Ontario engaged local stakeholders, including health service providers, community agencies and supports, patients and their caregivers, and members of the general public to provide an overview of the Ontario Palliative Care Network and seek feedback on local palliative care services and the development of a regional network and strategy.
Six consultations, one in each sub-region, occurred between May and August, 2016: