Bayshore HealthCare Launches Partnership with Pallium Canada for Hospice Palliative Care Education

Agreement will raise sector's capacity with 20 Bayshore clinicians set to become master facilitators

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Bayshore HealthCare, Canada's largest provider of community health care services, is entering into a partnership with the Pallium Canada to expand the capacity to educate healthcare professionals in palliative care. The partnership will allow Bayshore to provide standardized education and expertise in hospice palliative in Canada. Graduates will be qualified to educate other professionals across the country as Pallium-certified Bayshore LEAP facilitators

"Our partnership with Pallium is part of our ongoing investment in ensuring healthcare professionals across Canada have the skills and experience needed to deliver optimal home-based care," says Holly Quinn, Director of Clinical Programs at Bayshore HealthCare. "Bayshore is committed to providing the best possible services and support to our clients, and that includes palliative and end-of-life care."

Pallium will educate 20 Bayshore clinicians who, once they have completed their courses, will be master facilitators qualified to teach Pallium's Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative and End-of-Life Care (LEAP). The LEAP program is Mainpro-C accredited by the College of Family Physicians Canada.

"With the number of aging Canadians continuing to increase, the healthcare system must continue to invest in education to ensure people nearing the end of their lives have the best possible support," says Dr. Kathryn Downer, National Director of Pallium Canada. "Our partnership with Bayshore is a great example of working together to achieve this goal."

Bayshore Home Health, a division of Bayshore HealthCare, offers a wide range of home care services that include nursing, therapy and rehabilitation services, personal care, home support and companionship. These services allow seniors to continue to live in their own homes with dignity and independence, while also providing much-needed support for family caregivers.

About Bayshore

Bayshore HealthCare is one of the country's leading providers of home and community health care services and a Canadian-owned company. Its services are purchased by government care programs, insurance companies, workers' compensation boards, health care organizations, the corporate sector and the public. The Bayshore brand extends across four business divisions: Bayshore Home Health (medical and non-medical home care and staffing services), Bayshore Specialty Rx (specialty pharmacy, infusion and pharmaceutical patient support services), Bayshore Therapy & Rehab (physiotherapy and rehabilitation services) and Bayshore Dialysis (dialysis centers). The company's goal is to enhance the quality of life, well-being, dignity and independence of Canadians of all ages. Bayshore HealthCare has been a recipient of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies award since 2006. For more information, call 1-877-289-3997 or visit www.bayshore.ca.

About Pallium Canada

Pallium Canada is a national palliative education Community of Practice (CoP) comprised of academic, health care providers, and government and NGO leaders. Pallium's CoP has grown over the years due to the members' common interest in improving the quality of hospice/palliative care services in Canada. It contributes to capacity building and public engagement strategies essential to meeting the urgent and emerging care needs for Canada's most vulnerable, those facing life-threatening illness, and those who care for them. The organization is led by a volunteer board of directors with a national office located in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information, see www.pallium.ca.

SOURCE: Bayshore HealthCare

For further information:

Kate Kurys
Citizen Optimum Public Relations
Phone: (416) 934-8020
E-mail: kate.kurys@citizenrelations.com

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