Better Palliative Care is a strategic priority for the Central LHIN.
We fund a variety of providers to support end-of-life care, and we work with funded and non-funded health service providers to find new ways to strengthen palliative care, support patients through their end-of-life, and support families through the entire spectrum of care before and after death.
The Central LHIN's Regional Palliative Care Action Plan was developed based on recommendations from the LHIN's Regional Hospice Palliative Care Program Council and approved by the Central LHIN Board of Directors in 2014.
Over 2014 to 2016, working in collaboration with patients, families, care providers and key stakeholders, we continued to advance actions and support for palliative and hospice care.
Our 2017-2018 Annual Business Plan outlines the following goals to support Better Palliative Care:
- Patients have the choice to live their end-of-life period in their preferred location.
- Improved community access to essential supports and services, including advanced care planning.
- Easier system navigation for patients and caregivers.
- Palliative residents in Long-Term Care Homes will benefit from care providers with enhanced knowledge and skills to support them.
- Specialists will provide support and education to primary care providers to support their patients through their end-of-life journey.
- Patients and caregivers will contribute to on-going quality improvement and health service design and planning through enhanced opportunities to provide feedback.
In 2017, and to support ongoing development and delivery of a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system for hospice palliative care:
- On March 30, 2017 Summit – We hosted the Central LHIN Palliative Care Summit “Embracing Palliative Care: Compassion, Comfort & Choice”, hosted in partnership with the Ontario Palliative Care Network. Over 140 participants from diverse palliative-related professions (physicians, nurses, social workers, personal support workers and chaplains) received updates on the Central LHIN Palliative Care Action Plan. Attendees also participated in other palliative-specific workshops and shared discussion on patient care transitions and gaps, and sub-regions for planning and to convene system partners. Click here for four presentations from this summit.
- On June 20, 2017 Course – Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End-of-Life Care Presentation with Central LHIN Hospice Palliative Care Teams and Pallium Canada (inter-professional education in palliative and end-of-life care)
- By June 30, 2017 EOI – Central LHIN issued an Expression of Interest for community members to serve on the Central LHIN Regional Palliative Care Network (RPCN)
- By September 22, 2017 EOI – Central LHIN issued an Expression of Interest for proponents qualified to fundraise, build and operate a 9-bed community residential hospice
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