Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
CHPCA is the national voice for Hospice Palliative Care in Canada. Advancing and advocating for quality end-of-life/hospice palliative care in Canada, its work includes public policy, public education and awareness. Established in 1991, its volunteer Board of Directors is composed of hospice palliative care workers and volunteers from Canadian provinces and territories as well as members-at-large.
What is hospice palliative care?
Hospice palliative care is whole-person health care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying.
Hospice palliative care strives to help patients and families:
address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears
prepare for and manage self-determined life closure and the dying process
cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement.
Hospice palliative care is appropriate for any patient and/or family living with, or at risk of developing, a life-threatening illness due to any diagnosis, with any prognosis, regardless of age, and at any time they have unmet expectations and/or needs, and are prepared to accept care.
Hospice palliative care may complement and enhance disease-modifying therapy or it may become the total focus of care.
Hospice palliative care is most effectively delivered by an interdisciplinary team of healthcare providers.
Canadian Virtual Hospice
The Canadian Virtual Hospice provides support and personalized information about palliative and end-of-life care to patients, family members, health care providers, researchers and educators.
National Hospice Palliative Care Organization
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) was founded in 1978 as a charitable organization advocating for the needs of people facing life-limiting illness. Today, NHPCO is the world’s largest and most innovative national membership organization devoted exclusively to promoting access to hospice and palliative care and to maintaining quality care for persons facing the end of life and their families.