National Hospice Palliative Care Week is May 5-11, 2019. It’s a time to celebrate and share achievements in hospice palliative care and to recognize the dedicated health-care providers who treat patients receiving palliative care. It also provides a platform to look at opportunities to bridge some gaps in the system.
Across Canada, many people have indicated a desire to die at home, but often there are insufficient resources within the health-care system to reach that goal. When patients are dying at home, family members often act as caregivers, which can understandably be challenging for them in an already difficult time.
New Brunswick has an aging population, one that could benefit from a formal, structured palliative care program. In 2018, a New Brunswick Medical Society working group produced a white paper guide on the creation of a formal palliative care structure.