Hospice Palliative Care

Putting people with life-limiting illnesses and their families at the centre of hospice palliative care

Improving equitable access to coordinated, effective, efficient quality services and supports will place individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their families at the centre of care to optimize their quality of life. Most deaths in Canada are the result of an advanced chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, kidney failure and Alzheimer’s disease. These diseases progress over many years and require extended care and support from family members and health care professionals. Yet few people have access to formal palliative care and supports appropriate to their needs.

South West HPC Network

In 2011, partners across Ontario set a new vision for palliative care in Ontario and developed a plan to provide better care for Ontarians at end-of-life while better managing our health care resources over time. In alignment with Ontario’s Advancing High Quality High Value Palliative Care in Ontario; A Declaration of Partnership and Commitment to Action, the South West LHIN Hospice Palliative Care Network’s strategies place patients and families at the centre by working across all sectors and collaborating at regional, multi-community and local levels.

The vision for hospice palliative care is a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system of hospice palliative care services where:
  • People with life-limiting illnesses and their families are better supported;
  • Comfort, dignity and quality of life preceding death are dramatically improved; and
  • All care settings, families, providers, academics, learners, funders and policy makers, have shared ownership of solutions and actions.
Five Hospice Palliative Care Collaboratives in Oxford, Elgin, Huron Perth, London Middlesex and Grey Bruce locally implement an Integrated Hospice Palliative Care Program. 

Together, system partners will:
  • Spread hospice palliative care outreach services.
  • Plan and implement integrated hospice palliative care .
  • Develop and implement recommendations for palliative resources in a variety of settings.
  • Take a strategic approach to hospice palliative care education.
  • Plan and implement an Aboriginal approach to hospice palliative care.
  • Work with partners to ensure a francophone lens is applied.