Factsheet: Palliative Care - Moving towards community-integrated care
OTTAWA, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
Health, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors,
today announced a Harper Government investment in support of the
development of new palliative care models.
"Canadians who are ill and are at the end of their lives need and
deserve compassionate care that is seamless and tailored to their
needs," said Minister Aglukkaq. "That is why our Government is
providing funding for the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
and its partners to improve access to palliative care for Canadians and
support the sustainability of the health care system."
"When our health is failing, we want to be in a place that feels like
home but has the medical resources needed for palliative care." said
Minister of State Wong. "Our goal is to help improve the quality of
life of people living with life-threatening illnesses."
The Harper Government's one-time funding contribution will facilitate
the delivery of palliative care in a range of settings, and by a
variety of care providers, so that these services are provided in a
cost-effective and sustainable way. Health Canada supports Canada-wide
initiatives that raise quality standards for hospice palliative care
delivery, support caregivers, and contribute to raising public
awareness and sharing of knowledge.
"As Canada's population ages, it becomes increasingly important for us
to build a system of community-integrated hospice palliative care,"
said Ms. Sharon Baxter, Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative
Care Association. "This funding will help with the development of
hospice palliative care at a community level that is more easily
accessible to Canadians and their families."
The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is a national,
non-profit association for which the mission is to provide leadership
in improving the quality of living and dying for persons with
progressive life-limiting illness and their families. The organization
also provides a strong voice and national leadership in hospice
palliative care in Canada.
SOURCE Health Canada
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