Over one-million Canadians are caring for a chronically ill or dying loved one at any given time.
Toronto, ON (PRWEB) September 14, 2011
Hospice Toronto will be hosting There’s No Place Like Home, presented by TD, in support of in-home hospice care and support for people living with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses, and their loved ones. The charity event will take place on September 22, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Canada’s National Ballet School.
“With a health care system straining under the burden of an aging population, while also struggling to cope with the rise of chronic illnesses, the need for Hospice Toronto palliative care and support in Canada is tremendous,” says Dr. Jeff Myers, event co-Chair, Hospice Toronto Board member and Head of Palliative Care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
It is estimated that only 16% to 30% of Canadians who die currently have access to or receive quality hospice palliative care. It is no longer simply about respecting patients’ wishes to stay at home – it is increasingly becoming a financial imperative. (CHPCA Fact Sheet - Hospice Palliative Care in Canada, Apr 2010)
Over one-million Canadians are caring for a chronically ill or dying loved one at any given time. The impact of our aging population, coupled with people living longer in declining health for much greater periods of time places an enormous burden on Canadian society. In 2007, 23% of Canadians said that they had cared for a loved one with a serious health problem in the last 12 months. Of these people, 22% reported missing one or more months of work. (10th Annual Health Care in Canada Survey: A national survey of health care providers, managers, and the public, 2007)
“Hospice Toronto helps to fill the gap by recruiting and training volunteers to help those living with a life-threatening illness or at the end of their life - and those who love them - cope by helping their caregivers and families at home, at no charge,” says Dena Maule, Executive Director, Hospice Toronto. “Through the support of our volunteers, caregivers are also often provided with the help they need to remain strong and resilient through home hospice palliative care and support. This in turn serves to help maintain their health, fortify their perseverance and bolster their emotional strength, thereby enabling them to better care for their loved one at home.”
The charity event will feature a musical performance by Juno winner Amy Sky and proceeds generated from There’s No Place Like Home not only benefit Hospice Toronto, the event serves as a communication platform to effectively educate about hospice palliative care awareness, and it’s economic impact within the health care system. Tickets are $125 and are can be purchased by calling Hospice Toronto at 416-364-1666 ext 242 or online at http://www.tnplh.ca/buy-tickets/.
Interview opportunities with Dena Maule and Dr. Jeff Myers are available.
Who: Dena Maule, Executive Director, Hospice Toronto and Dr. Jeff Myers, event co-Chair, Hospice Toronto Board member and Head of Palliative Care at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
When: Thursday, September 15, 2011
Time: Between 10 a.m. and noon
About Hospice Toronto
Founded in 1988, Hospice Toronto is a recognized leader in the development of innovative home hospice palliative programs and services. As Toronto’s first not for profit, volunteer-based, home hospice palliative care program, we provide continuity of high-quality, compassionate care and support for people living with a life threatening illness, and their loved ones, at no charge.
For media inquiries and to book an interview, please contact:
Pierre Campeau, Public Relations
Rachel Woodman, Public Relations
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