Caregiver Insights into Palliative Care
If you are caring for someone who is very frail or living with a chronic condition or life-threatening illness, it can be hard to know if you are doing everything you can. You want to make sure you are dealing with active issues and preventing new ones from occurring and you want to minimize suffering. At the same time, you want to be sure you are supporting the care recipient’s psychological, social, and spiritual needs and promoting opportunities for meaningful and valuable experiences.
You could probably use some help with all of this but what would that be? Does thinking about “palliative care” feel like a betrayal of intent? Isn’t it only for end of life?
The answer is no.
A palliative approach to care focuses on the person and their family, their needs and goals of care from time of diagnosis. It has been proven that earlier integration of a palliative approach can lead to better management of symptoms and improved quality of life and care. It doesn’t mean speeding up or delaying death.
Tune in to this webinar to learn more about palliative care, what programs are available in the community, who to ask about them and what they could do for you and the person being cared for. We are fortunate to have 4 guest panelists joining us for this webinar: Pat Porterfield from the BC Centre for Palliative Care brings 35 years of experience in palliative care as a clinician, educator and researcher. Pat played a vital role in extending palliative approaches to residential care facilities and primary care within Vancouver Coastal Health and since retirement has played a lead role in raising public awareness around the importance of Advance Care Planning. Katherine Arnup is an historian, Associate Professor in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University and life coach. Katherine is the author of several books, most recently one titled “I don’t have time for this! – A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Your Parents and Yourself”. In this book Katherine shares her practical and spiritual reflections on the difficult feelings associated with caring for aging parents along with a road map for how to deal with them. David May is a rural family physician specialized in palliative care. Since October 2014, he has been leading a project that increases knowledge about palliative care and improves care for palliative patients and caregivers in Powell River. The project launched a public awareness campaign with brochures, articles, public events and two videos (http://yt.vu/+prdfp ). Christien Kaaij is a project manager and community developer and has been supporting Dr. May with is palliative care project since April 2015.