Grant Stories

Covenant Health Palliative Institute

What would you want your care to be if you were not able to speak for yourself? Who should know what your wishes are? Few Canadians talk about they want their care to be if they are not able to decide for themselves. Women are no exceptions and they also take on much of the burden when there is no plan for care.

Advance care planning

Quick Facts

Country: Canada

Grant Program: World Day of Prayer

Year of Grant: 2017-2018

Grant Amount: $1,000

What is Palliative care?

Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients who are faced with a life-threatening illness.

Unfortunately, many Canadians do not know what palliative care is or do not have access to it. Covenant Health Palliative Institute is on a mission to increase awareness and availability of palliative care for all Canadians.

Why was this conference necessary?

Karen Macmillan, Chair of the conference Local Organizing Committee and Senior Operating Officer in Acute Services at Grey Nuns Community Hospital, explains:

Advance care planning (ACP) is the process of discussing and documenting the wishes, preferences, and values a person has about his/her medical care for the future, when health may deteriorate.  ACP encourages dialogue between a person, his/her family, and the healthcare team that can guide medical decision-making even when a person becomes incapable of consenting to or refusing healthcare.

Covenant Health organized the Sixth Annual Conference on Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care to identify ways to help patients, their family members, and health practitioners overcome barriers to conversations about advance-care planning and end-of-life care.