Saturday, June 26, 2010

Great Source of Information: Virtual Hospice

The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators.

The Canadian Virtual Hospice is an interactive network designed to facilitate information exchange, communication, and mutual support between and among patients, their friends and family, health care providers, and palliative care volunteers. Leading Canadian palliative care professionals, associations, policy makers, private sector businesses, complementary palliative care websites, and individual Canadians have lent their support to the creation of this website.

I just wish someone had told me about it at the time. I was desperate for information on my father's last months. They feature a speech, this one one part, a lecture about caring for palliative children in rural Canada.



Topics include:
Providing Care
Whether you are caring for someone full-time or even just occasionally helping out, caregiving can be mentally, physically and emotionally demanding. Although taking time for yourself is often easier said than done, pushing yourself to do more,... read more...
Medications are commonly used to help manage pain or other symptoms that are troubling.   It is important to know about the medications that you are prescribed: how much to take, when to take them, why you are using them, potential side effects... read more...
A person living with an advancing illness will not eat as much as they once did. While it is important not to become too focused on increasing the amount of food a person eats, there are a number of strategies that can be used to increase interest... read more...
Many people with advanced illness will experience an uncomfortably dry mouth. A regular mouth care routine should be followed three to four times a day and more often if the person requires. Following a routine will help keep the person more... read more...
Caring for hair Illness tends to make people perspire, making their hair damp and sometimes tangled.  Brushing someone’s hair regularly can be a thoughtful gesture.  Hair can be washed in the shower or tub, at the kitchen table with a basin, or... read more...
Most people find bathing or showering refreshing. However, tub baths and even showers may become more difficult as illness progresses. Here are some ideas for making bathing comfortable and safe.   General Tips Buy or rent equipment such as... read more...
For some people, the prospect of either giving or receiving assistance with toileting can be a source of embarrassment. A matter-of-fact approach is best. If the person is able to get to the bathroom, consider whether the environment is helpful. read more...

They feature information en Fran├žais, plus a Glossary

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