Learning about Palliative Care

Photo by Carole & Roy Timm Photography

A patient in a bed is comforted by a nurse.

“Palliative care is everyone’s business,” says Denise Wilson, a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Palliative Care Program at St. Peter’s Hospital. “Patients across Hamilton Health Sciences may require some aspect of palliative care, so it’s important that we all play a role in meeting this need.”

A generous donation from Ed Shimoji, husband of former palliative-care patient Gail, has enabled health care providers across Hamilton Health Sciences to participate in training seminars called Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP). The course is designed for frontline staff who look after patients with life-limiting conditions, but lack formal education in palliative care, to help them gain the necessary skills in palliative-care approaches.

“We’re thankful that Foundation funding is facilitating ongoing education.”

Ongoing education

“The workshops are highly interactive,” says Palliative Care Physician Dr. Alan Taniguchi. “A number of modules provide comprehensive overviews of common cases and challenges. We also learn from each other by sharing stories of our experiences with end-of-life care.”

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and participants are grateful for the opportunity to participate in LEAP.

“LEAP is helping to change the palliative care culture across Hamilton Health Sciences,” says Denise. “We’re thankful that Foundation funding is facilitating ongoing education.”