According to Statistics Canada, in 2018 an estimated 25 percent of the population provided some form of long-term caregiving to a loved one. As those with illness face multiple losses and grief, and adjustments to a different life routine, so do caregivers. Caregivers may face losses such as the loss of a job, broken or challenging relationships, and having to learn to adjust to new caregiving routines and skills. Caregiving is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding, yet demanding, jobs a person will ever have. Listen to this week's podcast for some tips to help ease the burden of caregiving.
A hospice residence is a home away from home where people come to live their final days. When a person enters a hospice residence, it allows their family to hand over all the intricate details associated with pain and symptom management and focus on being a family member or friend.
Spirituality means different things to different people. For some, religion and faith are part of their spirituality; others may look to cultural traditions to meet spiritual needs, and some may seek spiritual fulfilment in nature. In this week's Changing Lives Podcast we discuss traditions and spirituality at end of life.
Difficult conversations - the phrase says it all. There are some topics in life that are difficult to approach. End of life planning is one of them. Learn how to start the sometimes difficult conversation about advance care planning with the people closest to you in this week's Changing Lives Podcast episode.
Death is not something we need to fear. In fact, many people are able to die well because they think about it and plan for it ahead of time. Learn more about how to prepare for a good end of life in this week's Changing Lives Podcast.
There are a lot of myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about hospice palliative care that can prevent people from getting the care and support they need when they need it. Clear out the misunderstandings and find out what hospice palliative care is really about in this week's Changing Lives Podcast.
Comfort care is an essential part of hospice palliative care. It’s a complimentary kind of care that helps or soothes a person who is dying. The goal of comfort care, is just that, is to prevent or relieve suffering as much as possible while respecting a dying individual’s wishes. Learn about comfort care during end of life in this week's Changing Lives Podcast.