National Hospice Palliative Care Week: Communities Share the Care "How Can I Help?" Lets Share the Care

OTTAWA, April 28 /CNW/ - Are you now, or have you ever been a caregiver to a loved one living with a life-limiting illness? If so, you're not alone. You make up more than 23 percent of the Canadian population who have cared for a family member with a serious health problem in the last 12 months. This wide group of Canadians caring for sick loved ones is only expected to increase as the population continues to age. During National Hospice Palliative Care Week, May 1st to May 7th, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is trying to provide hope and support for those who are caring for a gravely ill loved one. 'Communities Share the Care "How Can I Help?" Lets Share the Care' is all about encouraging individuals to support these caregivers by making this care a collective effort within the community.

"It takes a community to provide care at the end of someone's life. It's time to ask ourselves: How can I help? Let's share the care," says Peter Mansbridge, Honorary Chair of the National Hospice Palliative Care Week.

"Canada's population is aging. Each year more than 259,000 Canadians die. By 2020 this number is expected to rise to more than 330,000 individuals," stated Wendy Wainwright, President, CHPCA. She continued, "The increasing reliance on de-institutionalized care has had a great impact on Canada's 1.5 to 2 million family caregivers. It's estimated that at least 54 hours a week is required to care for a dying loved one. This has a significant impact on the life of the caregiver, who often can't devote those hours to caring for their loved one given their current schedule."

"This year our theme focuses on sharing the care. It's about making the responsibility of caring for someone with a life-limiting illness a collective effort within your community," added Sharon Baxter, Executive Director, CHPCA. She continued, "Together we can all make a difference in the lives of those who are living with a life-limiting illness and those affected by it."

National Hospice Palliative Care Week (NHPCW) is a one-week campaign that focuses on raising awareness about hospice palliative care. It is also a time to celebrate, recognize, and share the achievements of hospice palliative care throughout the nation.

Ideas for events that you can host within your own community to help raise awareness for hospice palliative care can be found on the CHPCA website at

NHPCW is coordinated by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Funding for National Hospice Palliative Care Week is provided by The GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, Health Canada, and Valeant Canada Limited.

The CHPCA is the national voice for hospice palliative care in Canada. Advancing and advocating for quality hospice palliative end-of-life care, its work includes public policy, public education and awareness.

SOURCE Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

For further information:

Cheryl Spencer Linda Truglia
Administrative Coordinator Project Coordinator (National Hospice Palliative Care Week)
Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
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