Thanks to generous donors throughout our community, the North Shore Hospice Expansion Campaign was able to raise $2.364 million to expand our Hospice into a hub for palliative care services, but the need continues. Please consider supporting our Hospice so we can continue to cover ongoing costs of running our Palliative Outpatient Clinic.
Palliative Outpatient Clinic
The new hub will provide space for the palliative care team to offer quality of life and medical services for patients living at home and their families. The team will be able to serve more patients and connect with them earlier in their end-of-life journey. The hub will providing patients with convenient, rapid access to a palliative care doctor – a much-needed alternative to waiting for an appointment at a busy family practice clinic or visiting the Emergency Department. The new Outpatient Clinic will also provide the capability for North Shore palliative doctors to extend their reach via video link to ‘see’ patients living on the Sunshine Coast and up the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.
The hub will also include the Every Day Counts Centre, a permanent home for the Every Day Counts Program, one of the most beneficial and transformative programs available to patients with life-limiting illness on the North Shore. Currently, the program operates from a variety of locations, including a small multi-purpose room here, the gym at Lions Gate Hospital and a local church. Every Day Counts addresses all aspects of a patient’s quality of life that are not medical and offers one-on-one counselling, yoga, music therapy, relaxation sessions, information about navigating the health care system and more.
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Research suggests that about 80 per cent of people who die would benefit from palliative care. On the North Shore close to 1,300 deaths occur each year. To help 80 per cent of people the palliative care team needs to connect with more than 1,000 patients and families and as the baby boomers age, the need is expected to grow. Currently the team is connecting with about 800 people annually.
“We want to get our arms around patients and their families, their doctors, everybody. If we really get this right, over the coming years we won’t have a dichotomy between palliative care, hospice care, end-of-life care and normal care. It’ll be part of the same continuum. It will be what you need at the end of life.” –Dr. Peter Edmunds | VCH Coastal Co-Senior Medical Director, Regional Medical Director, Palliative Care
Why Every Day Counts
Research shows that non-medical supports, like the ones offered in the Every Day Counts program, can have a profound impact on a person’s quality of life. In a major study in the U.S. involving patients with an aggressive form of cancer, the group that received both palliative care (counselling, relaxation, information services, etc.) and medical care lived longer than the group that received medical care alone. Findings showed this was largely because they made better choices, like not taking additional non-beneficial chemotherapy and spending the time they did have with their loved ones.
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The North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project
The North Shore Hospice Society (NSHS) and Lions Gate Hospital Foundation (LGHF) are working together, with the support of Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH-Coastal), as The North Shore Hospice & Palliative Project to support the ongoing expansion and enhancement of palliative and hospice services on the North Shore. We help patients live life to the fullest by purchasing much-needed equipment and comfort items at the North Shore Hospice and on 7W – the inpatient palliative unit at Lions Gate Hospital. We also work hard to support and enhance the Every Day Counts Program which enables people to realize their best possibly quality of life, even while they are ill.
Help Support our North Shore Hospice Expansion Campaign
With your help, we can expand the North Shore Hospice into a hub for palliative care services and meet the growing need for end-of-life care. Please give generously to our North Shore Hospice Expansion Campaign.
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