April 16th is National Advance Care Planning Day, a day for you to think about and share your wishes for future health care with others. If you’ve already had a conversation with your Substitute Decision Maker, April 16th is a great day to review your wishes and talk again.
Advance Care Planning is a process of reflecting on your values and wishes, and letting others know what kind of health and personal care you would want if you were unable to speak for yourself.
It means having discussions with family and friends, especially your Substitute Decision Maker – the person who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. It may also include writing down your wishes, and talking with healthcare providers and financial or legal professionals
Hospice PEI, a not for profit charitable organization who provides volunteer support to Islanders and their families going through end of life as well as grief support, encourage all Islanders to consider creating an Advance Care Plan. Now is the time, regardless of your age or health status. Hospice PEI has been operating on PEI for over 30 years and in 2015 alone, provided 10,000 volunteer hours to over 500 Island families. Their services are provided at no cost in the setting of the clients choice. You can find out more information about the work they do by calling 902-368-4498.
Visit advancecareplanning.ca for more information on this very important topic.
Sunday, April 17th at 7:00pm – Hymn Sing and Memorial Service at St. Simon & St. Jude Church, Tignish
Sunday, May 1st at 7:00pm – Gospel Concert featuring ‘Strum’ at the O’Leary United Church
National Hospice Palliative Care Week May 1st – May 7th
Thursday, June 16th at 5:00pm – Hospice PEI Annual General Meeting, venue to be announced later.
The volunteers and staff of Hospice PEI wish to extend our appreciation to everyone who donated to Hospice PEI by lighting a light in memory of a loved one during this Holiday season. Over $22,000 was raised and will go to provide care and support to Islanders facing a life limiting illness and grief support to their families.
Originally written as a song by Michael Pendergast, one of Prince Edward Island’s best-known musicians, “This I Know” is a comforting verse about life’s passing. Beautifully written and illustrated, “This I Know” takes us on a spiritual journey, providing solace and inspiration to those who need it most.
All proceeds from the book sales will be donated to Hospice PEI to help continue the mission of providing care to Islanders dealing with a life limiting illness before and after death.
Books can be purchased for $20 by calling Hospice PEI at 902-368-4498
We have links to Advance Care Planning information, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Life and Death Matters, Service Canada re Compassionate Care Benefit, Canadian Virtual Hospice and Atlantic Therapeutic Touch Network.
Our newest link is for the PEI Seniors Secretariat.
The PEI Seniors’ Secretariat is an advisory body created to provide policy and program advice to government and other organizations to improve the quality of life for seniors. The Seniors’ Secretariat also develops and supports public education efforts about issues of importance to seniors and gathers information and research on related issues.
Hospice PEI is pleased to have representation on the Secretariat.
Strategic Plan for Hospice PEI 2014-2017
Hospice PEI has a Vision: People across PEI accessing the support, care, and bereavement services they want, in the setting of their choice, whenever a life-limiting illness affects them — from diagnosis to the time following death.
Within this greater Vision, Hospice PEI has a critical role to play. Hospice PEI is a volunteer-driven organization assisting people in PEI by preparing, supporting, and caring for those affected by a life-limiting illness before and after death.
Core Values and Principles
To accomplish our Mission, volunteers and staff share a common set of values and principles that we exemplify as we perform Hospice PEI work. These Values and Principles guide all our work – through our governance, strategic planning, management, program development, client services, dealing with the public, dealing with partners and our funds development efforts. With Hospice PEI:
- Clients are the focus of the work we do.
- We respect each other, our clients, our partners, our public, and ourselves.
- We are caring and compassionate in all our actions.
- We work collaboratively within our organization and with others.
- Decisions made at all levels of the organization are informed and evidence-based.
To accomplish Hospice PEI’s Mission, the governing Board has set strategic directions and specific goals to focus the work of the organization for the next three years.
Optimal Care for Clients Goal
- Increase the number of clients receiving the care they want, in the setting of their choice, with an added focus on underserved populations in long term care facilities.
Financial Stability Goals
- Increase financial stability by increasing direct donations, corporate multi-year donations, and program funding – based on a multiyear funds development plan
- Establish a Board-driven planned giving program
Volunteer Development Goals
- Hospice PEI’s volunteers and support staff are trained to a provincial standard
- Volunteers from within other organizations can access Hospice PEI training
- Hospice PEI’s volunteers represent our diverse population
- Hospice PEI’s active volunteer base increases and covers a diverse range of roles
Public Awareness, Visibility, and Education Goals
- More people are contacting Hospice PEI for services
- More people are receiving information about hospice and palliative care
A lack of knowledge about preferences for health care can result in confusion and conflict between family members and health professionals at a critical time.
Hospice PEI offers an education program to assist the public and health care workers in the preparation of an Advance Care Plan. Advance Care Planning is a process of reflection and communication about personal care preferences in the event that you become incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or critical care.
The ‘Speak Up’ education program includes tools to help people start these sometimes difficult conversations. Advance Care Planning resources such as workbooks, wallet cards and links to provincial legislation and planning information are available.
One of the most important aspects of advance care planning is naming and having a conversation with a Substitute Decision Maker – someone who will speak on your behalf and make decisions for you but only when you are not able to do so yourself.
Individuals and groups interested in an Advance Care Planning presentation please contact the Hospice PEI office at 902-368-4498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org