It’s a conversation most of us may not want to have, but cannot afford to avoid: what plans are we putting in place for our end-of-life care?
A number of health care organizations in Greater Sudbury involved in end-of-life care teamed up to present a free public forum on the subject.
The End-of-Life Care Public Forum was hosted by Health Sciences North/Horizon Santé-Nord, Maison Vale Hospice, Warmhearts Palliative Caregivers Sudbury/Manitoulin, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and the North East Community Care Access Centre.
The purpose of the forum was to provide the public with a greater understanding of what end-of-life care is and the steps along the way in the end-of-life care journey, including options such as palliative care, hospice care, hospital-based care, and in-home end-of-life care. Discussion also focused on why it is important to plan ahead for end-of-life care.
The evening featured two keynote speakers:
- Dr. Brian Goldman, Emergency Department physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and host of the national CBC radio program “White Coat, Black Art”
- Dr. Harvey Chochinov, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba, Director of the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit at Cancer Care Manitoba, and the holder of the only Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care. Learn more about Dr. Harvey Chochinov.
The forum was held Thursday, January 9th, 2014, at the Steelworkers Hall. The evening began at 5:30 p.m. The event was free of charge, and included light refreshments and an expo featuring goods and services related to end-of-life care.
The End of Life Care Public Forum was supported by the HSN Foundation, the Northern Cancer Foundation, the HSN Volunteer Association and Lougheed's Limited.
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