Madam Speaker, I am pleased to recognize this week as Hospice Palliative Care Week.
The theme for this year, is busting myths… myths like: Receiving hospice palliative care means you’ll die soon.
The fact is, Madam Speaker, hospice palliative care is not just for the final days of life. It’s holistic approach that includes pain and symptom management, caregiver support, spiritual care, bereavement and much more.
Madam Speaker, the Hospice Palliative care Association of PEI has done great work with Island families going through very difficult times.
I would like to recognize a few members of the association who are with us today: Jodi Swan, Chair of Hospice PEI board, Dr. Mireille Lecours, Marilyn Lowther, Kip Holloway, Gary Gagnon, Andrea Conway, Ellen Davies, Gloriajean Murphy, Shirley Arsenault, Fran MacDougall, Alycia McGuire, Wendy MacIntyre.
Madam Speaker, last weekend the association hosted “Hike for Hospice”, and there were some interesting teams involved… including a very special tribute team… the Murphy Troopers.
Leading that team was nine year old Keegan Murphy who raised more that $1500 in memory of his dad, Mark…. congratulations to all the participants and organizers.
Madam Speaker, I would also like to take this opportunity recognize those who work in Health PEI’s Provincial Integrated Palliative Care Program both inpatient and in the community.
The goal of this program is to enhance the quality of life for families and individuals by providing medical, nursing and other professional care services.
Madam Speaker, I commend those who work in this field, it takes a very special person to provide this kind of support to Island families every day.
Again, Madam Speaker, I would like to thank the dedicated individuals from the Hospice Palliative Care Association of PEI and Health PEI’s Provincial Palliative Care program and encourage all Islanders to take this opportunity to get more informed about hospice palliative care.
Thank you, Madam Speaker.