MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 1, 2015 /CNW/ - On May 3, for the tenth consecutive year, Bayshore HealthCare Ltd.. will take part in the annual Hike for Hospice Palliative Care, helping to raise funds and awareness for hospice palliative care across Canada. Through its participation over the past nine years, Bayshore and its employees have raised more than $1.3 million that has supported local community palliative care services, such as pain management, caregivers and bereavement.
This year, employees from 38 Bayshore HealthCare locations across the country will once again come together and take part in the annual Hike for Hospice Palliative Care. The national fundraising event, which spans more than 100 communities, is organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and brings together organizations working together in hospice palliative care to raise funds and awareness in their community. One-hundred per cent of all funds raised during the hike remain in the local community.
"Our dedicated and experienced staff knows first-hand the significance of hospice palliative care and the positive impact these homes can have on people coping with chronic illnesses, not to mention the support they can provide to loved ones," says Holly Quinn, Bayshore HealthCare's chief nursing officer. "By participating in the Hike for Hospice, our goal is to show our continued support for the organizations that play such a vital role in the lives of so many Canadians."
Hospice palliative care programs allow patients, including children, to gain more control over their lives, manage pain and symptoms more effectively and provide support to family and informal caregivers. Despite the many benefits, more than 70 per cent of people dying in Canada do not have access to hospice palliative care, which is funded disproportionately by private donors. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is working toward ensuring that more Canadians receive the end-of-life care they deserve.
Bayshore has been a national founding sponsor for Hike for Hospice since 2006. Staff participation is not limited to the actual event. Most branches conduct various fundraising efforts throughout the year, including golf tournaments, guest speaker conferences, book and bake sales, dances and fashion shows. As a collective organization, Bayshore's goal is to exceed $1.5 million for Hike for Hospice Palliative Care.
About Bayshore HealthCare Ltd.
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 Best Managed Companies award since 2006. For more information, call 1-877-289-3997 or visit www.bayshore.ca.
SOURCE Bayshore HealthCare
For further information: Michelle Nicol, Bayshore HealthCare Ltd., Phone: (905) 822-8075 ext. 32365, Email: [email protected]; Kathleen Edmondson, Citizen Relations, Phone: (416) 934-8097, E-mail: [email protected]