The Province has provided $14,000 for improved access to hospice palliative care in Vancouver.
“This funding is going to charitable and non-profit organizations that provide invaluable support for end-of-life care,” said Vancouver-Quilchena MLA Andrew Wilkinson, on behalf of Health Minister Terry Lake. “It will also help patients and families experiencing very challenging and emotional circumstances.”
The BC Centre for Palliative Care, in partnership with the BC Hospice Palliative Care Association, allocated a $5,000 seed grant to the Vancouver Hospice Society to support patients and families.
Canuck Place Children's Hospice also received $4,000 in seed grant funding. As well, $5,000 was provided to L3: Lets Live a Little!, a non-profit organization that gives care and support to young adults receiving palliative care.
Examples of seed grant projects may include workshops that educate the public about advance care planning; recruiting and training volunteers to link patients with serious illness and their families to local services; and public awareness campaigns about palliative care supports.
The BC Centre for Palliative Care was established in 2013 by the Institute for Health System Transformation and Sustainability to support palliative and end-of-life care practices based on evidence, education and innovation to improve and support care for those living with and dying from serious illness and their families.
To learn more about supports offered by the Province for end-of-life care, visit: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/accessing-health-care/home-community-care/care-options-and-cost/end-of-life-care
To find out more about hospice palliative care in Vancouver Coastal Health, visit: www.vch.ca/your-health/health-topics/home-hospice-palliative-care/hospice-palliative-care
More information on the BC Centre for Palliative Care can be found at: www.bc-cpc.ca