Staff from Bayshore Home Health branches take part in national hospice fundraiser

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 15 /CNW/ - Staff from more than 40 Bayshore Home Health offices across the country will join thousands of Canadians on May 1 in the ninth annual Hike for Hospice Palliative Care. The Hike takes place at more than 100 sites and is organized by the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. It marks the start of National Hospice Palliative Care Week that runs until May 7.

The main goals of the Hike are to raise funds for hospice palliative care at the community level, increase awareness of the many issues related to hospice palliative care and recognize the phenomenal work done by volunteers and professionals in the field. Last year's nearly 100 Hike sites raised more than $1.5-million for local hospice palliative care.

"At Bayshore, we're very passionate about palliative care since our nurses and caregivers have witnessed first-hand the benefits of hospice care," says Holly Quinn, Bayshore's chief nursing officer, "All of our staff are incredibly committed to the Hike for Hospice and many bring their family and friends along to help with the fundraising."

Hospice palliative care programs allow patients 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, Canada is unable to provide valuable hospice palliative care services to over 70% of those dying within the country. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is working toward ensuring that more Canadians receive the end-of-life care they require.

"The Hike allows us to give back to the communities we serve and raise much-needed dollars for local hospices," adds Mike Krunic, director of marketing at Bayshore Home Health. "It's a great cause since hospices help people at one of the most difficult times in their life, allowing them to pass away with dignity in a comfortable environment and bringing care and compassion to both patients and their families."

Bayshore has been a national sponsor of the event since 2006. In 2010 Bayshore raised more than $160,000 through participation in the Hike and related activities across the country. While most Bayshore branches participate in the Hike by teaming up with a local hospice, others conduct various fundraising efforts throughout the year, such as golf tournaments, guest speaker conferences, book and bake sales, dances and fashion shows.

About Bayshore Home Health
Bayshore Home Health has been enhancing the quality of life, dignity and independence of Canadians in their homes since 1966. Canadian owned and operated, it is the country's largest provider of home and community health care services, with more than 50 home care offices and 20 community care clinics. Bayshore's core services are in-home nursing, personal care and home support - which can be purchased directly by individuals and also accessed through government care programs, personal and group insurance plans and workplace safety insurance. The company also provides nurse/caregiver staffing services, health education programs and treatments in its community dialysis centres. Through its subsidiary, Bayshore Specialty Rx, it offers specialty pharmacy, infusion clinic and patient support services to a variety of health care and pharmaceutical organizations.

SOURCE Bayshore Home Health

For further information:

Holly Quinn
Chief Nursing Officer
Phone: 905-822-8075/1-800-668-9490 Extension 260
Mike Krunic
Director of Marketing
Phone: 905-822-8075 / 1-800-668-9490, Ext. 240


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