MARKHAM, ON, May 8, 2017 /CNW/ - In celebration of National Hospice Palliative Care Week, May 7-13,Saint Elizabeth is sharing highlights of its impacts in end of life care. Since 2015, the social enterprise has provided $4 million to expand access to care and address gaps at the local and national level.
To address this growing need, Saint Elizabeth has established partnerships with seven local hospices. Impact highlights include:
Hospices in Canada are only partially funded by the government, which means they rely heavily on fundraising and volunteers. To boost system capacity and address local needs, Saint Elizabeth has teamed up with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario on two innovative programs:
While the vast majority of Canadians support the need for hospice palliative care, public awareness is low and only a quarter of Canadians over the age of 30 have completed plans for end of life. To address this challenge, Saint Elizabeth is using social innovation, co-design and research methodologies to create new narratives and bring end of life conversations and care into the social mainstream. Impact highlights include:
To learn more about Saint Elizabeth's work in end of life care, visit www.saintelizabeth.com/impact.
About Saint Elizabeth Saint Elizabeth is a diversified health care company that has been opening the door to new possibilities and care experiences for more than a century. Recognized as Canada's largest social enterprise, the not-for-profit charitable organization employs 8,000 people and visits 19,000 clients a day, totalling 50 million visits in the past decade alone. Through its Research Centre, Health Career Colleges and Foundation, Saint Elizabeth is helping to make the future of health care brighter and stronger. saintelizabeth.com
SOURCE Saint Elizabeth Health Care
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