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May 4th-10th, 2014 marks Hospice Palliative Care Week across the province. VON's Hospice Volunteer Program is pleased to join with the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association in this year's theme "Busting the Myths About Hospice Palliative Care" and hopefully change some inaccurate perceptions. Here are some big myths to consider:

MYTH: Receiving Hospice Palliative Care means you'll die soon
FACT: Hospice and palliative care is not just for the end of life. It is a holistic approach that includes caregiver support, spiritual care, bereavement and much more. The truth is...Hospice and palliative care is about having the best quality of life for however long life remains. Recent studies show that many patients who receive palliative care may live longer. Indeed some individuals may recover to the point where support may no longer be required.

MYTH: Hospice and palliative care is just for people with cancer
FACT: All those who are diagnosed with a chronic life-limiting illness can benefit from hospice and palliative care. The truth is...Hospice and palliative programs can provide care for people with cancer as well as those with other conditions include heart, lung, liver, kidney, brain, and motor neuron diseases as well as very frail elders.

MYTH: Hospice palliative care is just for seniors.
FACT: Hospice palliative care is provided to people of all ages - from infancy to adulthood. As a matter of fact, Canada has six hospices dedicated to pediatric palliative care. Adults in their prime also die, and we need to ensure that they and their families are properly supported and prepared for the end-of-life, no matter their age.

VON's Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer Services are available across the County of Elgin. Our program is dedicated to providing support to people affected by life-threatening or life-altering illness as well as to bereaved individuals. Our services are provided in the community by trained volunteers. Our Volunteer Visitors are a specialized group of volunteers who offer companionship, emotional, social and spiritual support to clients and short-term relief to their families and caregivers. These volunteers also complement the support of a health care team. VON Bereavement Services includes one-on-one volunteer support for bereaved individuals, group support for caregivers along the journey of an illness or following the death of a loved one. All services are provided free of charge. To access support for someone facing a life-threatening or terminal illness, or who is grieving, or to learn more about how to become a volunteer in this compassionate program, please call Becky at VON Elgin at 519-637-6408 or 1-800-201-0909 for more information. To learn more about the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association see www.chpca.net

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