Did you know that October 12, 2019 is World Hospice Palliative Care day? World Palliative Care day is a day to celebrate and support Hospice and Palliative care around the world. The goals of this day are to raise awareness of the needs of people living with life-limiting disease and to share the vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care. Another important goal of hospice palliative care around the world is to “improve quality of life and relieve suffering”. The first Hospice Palliative care unit in Canada was in 1974 in Winnipeg’s Saint Boniface General Hospital and secondly within weeks in the Montreal Royal Victoria Hospital. Palliative care may be seen differently throughout the different countries of the world depending on cultural, religious or spiritual beliefs. Whether we are treating people in Zimbabwe with HIV/AIDS at the Island Hospice that was developed in 1979 to the people of Russia having their first hospice build in 1990 in a little town close to St. Petersburg for people suffering from cancer. Most hospices were developed with the same concepts that Dame Cicely of the United Kingdom developed in the 1960’s. Dame Cicely Saunders introduced effective pain management and insisted that people dying needed dignity, compassion and respect. At Jessica’s House we strive to meet these same expectations to allow a person to die in their place of choice in the most dignified and compassionate way possible. Thank you to our community that continues to support Jessica’s House so that we can continue to provide this care.
For anyone who is newly diagnosed or living with a life-threatening illness we want to invite you to attend our “Circle of Friends’ support group. Our vision for this group is to support and connect community members through their journey providing friendship and mutual support. The group meets the first Thursday of each month; our next meeting will be October 3 from 2-3pm. If you are interested in hearing more about this please don’t hesitate to call Kim Winbow at 519-235-2510. There is no cost to attend, all are welcome.
Events that are on the horizon…..
October 18th, 2019 is Jessica’s House and South Huron Hospital Foundation annual Radio-a-thon.
November 7th, 2019 is our first annual Handbags for Hospice.
If you or anyone in your family are dealing with end-of-life issues please don’t hesitate to call for support any time. Community outreach is a key component to the support that is offered before someone is admitted into Jessica’s House.