Exciting project proposal – Music Care Conference with Room 217

Hi all,

Music is an intricate part of life passage and has tremendous therapeutic value. There is such a need for us as caregivers to learn how to use music as part of caregiving.

Room 217 Foundation (led by Bev Foster) has submitted an idea to the Aviva Community Fund contest called “Music Care Conference.” This conference would bring together community stakeholders in music and care from across the country to provide both information and inspiration that will have far reaching and prolonged impact on how the effective therapeutic use of music can make a difference to quality of life and well-being.
The way this contest works is that the idea with the most “votes” wins. Voting occurs on a daily basis until December 16th.
Please consider voting on a daily basis.Full Post:   Read More

Highlighting Canadian Virtual Hospice

October 20th

I am in Winnipeg attending the CHPCA conference. It is a treat to rub shoulders with such a wonderful group of individuals who are so passionate about providing excellent care for the dying.

Our booth for Life and Death Matters is located next to Canadian Virtual Hospice (CVH). This is one of “Canada’s gems!”  CVH provides resources for patients, family caregivers and professionals. Their website is rich with information, previously asked questions and answers, and links to relevant sites. Perhaps most important, they are available to respond to questions – and usually respond within 24-48 hours!Full Post:   Read More

Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators – Conference

What was news at CAPNE Conference?

We returned Wednesday from PEI where we attended the conference for the Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators (CAPNE). We saw the Anne of Green Gables Musical which was superb, and walked the streets and paths of Charlottetown.

Eighty CAPNE educators from across Canada came together to discuss education, and to enhance their abilities to provide excellent education for the students in the Practical Nursing programs.

The role of the LPN has changed, the scope has expanded! The colleges are tasked with helping students develop skills, behaviours and knowledge that once was covered in two and three year RN programs.Full Post:   Read More

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Hospice Palliative Care (HPC)

Talking about End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) at the NHPCO Conference

Hello from Denver, Colorado, the National Hospice Palliative Care Organization Conference, and the pre-conference seminar titled

“Hospice and Palliative Care for Dialysis Patients: Past Successes and Remaining Challenges”

Seminar sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition and the National End of Life Coalition.

Presenters included nephrologists from the UK, Canada and the US, as well as nurses and social workers from the US. Attendees represented the interprofessional team, and equally represented hospice palliative care and the renal/dialysis communities.Full Post:   Read More