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Lessons learned during COVID-19

Experts shared over 100 field-tested tools and ideas to enhance home and community-based palliative care.

Home and Community-based Palliative Care: Shaping the Future from Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic highlights the need for palliative care in the home and community, the unequal access to palliative care, and calls out innovative practices to address inequity and shape the future.

The pandemic has further strained already limited palliative care resources in the home and community. This report features opportunities to enhance end-of-life care for people when receiving care at home. Tools and resources address ways to increase provider education and better support caregivers. Strategies and ideas to ensure equitable access to technology, personal protective equipment and other resources.

  • 68 field-tested tools to enhance home-based palliative care.
  • 37 practical tools for grief and bereavement supports.
  • 44 ways to improve home and community-based palliative care
  • 20 ideas for better access to medication and supplies for home-based palliative care
  • 14 practical resources for caregivers of loved one dealing with a serious illness

Advance Care Planning in Canada: Resource Guide for Home and Community Care Providers

This new resource guide features practical and field-tested resources and tools for home care providers to build capacity in:

  • Facilitating early and ongoing advance care planning conversations
  • Understanding patients’ care wishes
  • Reflecting wishes in the care plan and legal considerations

The Toolkit features current resources that can be used, customized and/or adapted to build the necessary knowledge, processes, and motivation for your regulated and unregulated care providers to engage in Advance Care Planning. Designed for a variety of stakeholders involved in home- and community-based palliative care, the guide is a practical tool for:

  • policy planners
  • program developers
  • educators
  • team leaders

While the resources have been carefully curated, this guide is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of all Advance Care Planning resources and tools. The resources and tools have been drawn from interviews with subject matter experts and relevant web searches of open resources across Canada.

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