HALIFAX, May 28, 2013 /CNW/ - With Halifax Regional Municipality being
the largest health district in Canada without a residential hospice,
the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax is calling on Nova Scotians to
join together to help advance the cause of residential hospice in Nova
Currently Nova Scotians must choose to die either in the hospital - or
at home. In a special keynote address today by retired Senator and
palliative hospice care advocate, the Honourable Sharon Carstairs, P.C.
spoke about the importance of continued advocacy for enhanced
palliative hospice care in Atlantic Canada.
"Keeping people in their homes with hospice support or alternatively in
a 24 hour hospice where the patient and their family have round the
clock care is simply the right thing to do," said Carstairs. "It is
the most humane care and it also makes economic sense - a true win/win
Establishing residential hospice care will provide better care and
ultimately help reduce health care costs for Nova Scotians. The
average per diem cost for an acute care bed in Capital Health is
approximately $1000.00/day. The cost of delivering palliative care in a
residential hospice bed has been shown to be significantly less than in
acute care, with an average cost of $450.00/day.
"Residential hospices represent a caring patient and family centred
approach to end of life care," said Fred McGinn, Board Chair for the
Hospice Society of Greater Halifax. "It will provide an alternative
setting to acute care that meets the needs of patients with progressive
terminal illness who are unable to remain at home to die and do not
require the acute care support of a hospital."
The Hospice Society of Greater Halifax is a dedicated group of
volunteers who are collaborating with government and community partners
to address the gap by providing supportive services and working to
establish residential hospice care in Nova Scotia. The Board recently
released a business plan in 2012 outlining the potential framework of
community partnerships and funding to make that vision a reality.
"This is about providing an enhanced quality of life, no matter how much
time remains," said Dr. Stephanie Connidis, a palliative care doctor
and member of the board of the Hospice Society of Greater Halifax.
"Nova Scotians deserve to have a hospice as an option so that they can
get the physical, emotional and spiritual support they require in the
final moments of a loved one's life."
To learn more about how to help make a residential hospice a reality in
Nova Scotia, visit www.halifaxhospice.org.
SOURCE: Hospice Society of Greater Halifax
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