Special Announcement ~ Kalein Centre Day Hospice Program

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Feb 02 2017

Special Announcement ~ Kalein Centre Day Hospice Program

Kalein Centre Day Hospice Program

A Partnership of Nelson District Hospice Society and the Kalein Hospice Centre Society

We are pleased to announce the opening of the Kalein Centre Day Hospice Program commencing in March 2017. The Day Hospice is designed to provide programming for upstream adult palliative care clients and respite for their caregivers. Clients facing the emotional, physical and spiritual issues of a terminal diagnosis or end stage chronic illness, will benefit from this program. The 8-week sessions will focus on providing social support, complementary care and health care system connections for palliative clients.  This will increase quality of life, access to care, reduce social isolation and increase the ability to stay at home longer.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ministry of Health and the BC Centre for Palliative Care for a grant of $30,000 to be used in increasing access to palliative care services. To see the full media release, click here: http://www.bc-cpc.ca/cpc/news/ These funds have been used to create an accessible washroom and other space improvements at the Kalein Centre.

We are engaged in fundraising efforts to ensure that families and patients get the care they need for their journey ahead.

To get involved, please make a donation in support of the Kalein Centre Day Hospice Program.    DONATE NOW

Doris Barwich MD CCFP(PC)
Executive Director, BC Centre for Palliative Care

We asked Doris Barwich to comment on her work and how the work of Kalein Centre is supporting palliative care:

What inspired you to get into this line of work?

“I have been a palliative care physician and a health care leader for more than 20 years, starting in a free-standing hospice in Cape Town, South Africa and eventually ending up in British Columbia. I enjoy getting to know people and helping support their goals for living well with a serious illness. I also enjoy working with others to create positive change, not only at a clinical level, but also in the health system and society as a whole.”

Why has BC-CPC decided to support the Kalein Centre’s Think Tank Sessions as part of the 2017 Liminal Leadership Lab?

“The evolution of the palliative care field is at a stage where drawing together front-line providers, thought leaders, policy advisors and others connected to the field, will be productive and allow for innovative ideas to be put into practice.”

In your opinion, what is the most important work that Kalein Centre does?

“Kalein can be very effective as a host for learning events that help to advance the field of palliative care by bringing key people together.”

What do you wish other people knew about when it comes to palliative care?

“That it is all about quality of life — living as well as you can, for as long as you can. Having your best possible day despite the presence of a serious illness.”

What is your hope for the future of palliative care in this province?

“That everyone living with a serious illness would have access to all the supports and services they require to live well and die well.”