Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, 17 Jun 2022 5:00:28 +0000en-us<![CDATA[Home]]>, 17 Jun 2022 5:00:28 +0000Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care (MVHPC) is a free support service for individuals and their families who are faced with a life limiting condition.  Palliative care can begin even when active treatments are still ongoing and studies prove that earlier palliative support can greatly improve quality of life. Our Clinical Director will assess the unique needs of the person and develop a fluid plan of care that addresses all levels of need at each stage of the illness.

The patient and their family will have the benefit of a close relationship with the staff who will, on their behalf, help arrange services as needed from the appropriate health care agencies. This service is supported by a dedicated group of trained volunteers.

MVHPC offers support in your home (visiting hospice palliative care), wherever that may be – your home, a family members home, seniors apartments, long term care home, or in our 2 bed hospice unit (residential hospice).

Bereavement support is available for a minimum of one year to loved ones following a death.

Take a tour of the Madawaska Valley Hospice!

August 2016: Residential Hospice- Jeanette Wright

August 2016: MVHPC Services- Glen Henneberry

Areas Served

Hospice Palliative Supports and Services are available to all communities located in the Madawaska Valley:

  • Whitney
  • Madawaska
  • Barry’s Bay
  • Combermere
  • Palmer Rapids
  • Quadeville
  • Killaloe
  • Wilno
  • Round Lake Centre
  • Deacon/Golden Lake
  • Brudenell/Foymount
<![CDATA[Resources]]>, 06 Jun 2022 9:51:00 +0000Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO)

HPCO is provincial association of hospice and palliative care providers, professionals and volunteers throughout Ontario.

Caregiver Support

The HPCO team has been working diligently to create a comprehensive set of caregiver modules with the goal of providing support through information and resources to caregivers.  These modules cover a wide range of topics from being abe to meet the physical, spiritual, and cultural needs of your loved one, learning how to deal with your own emotions and feelings, improving communication amongst your family, and learning to cope with the end of life process.

The modules are FREE to access and available in a variety of formats:  electronic webpage, PDFs and trancribed audio clips.  They are also available in English, French and First Nations.  Please share the following link with anyone you know that could benefit from these modules:

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)

CHPCA provides leadership and advocacy for quality hospice palliative care for all Canadians and increased awareness of end of life care issues in Canada.

Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program (CHPCP)

The Regional Hospice Palliative Care Program integrates and coordinates the delivery of end-of-life services and is funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

Home and Community Support Services Champlain LHIN

People get the care they need in their homes and communities across the province.

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Provides information and support on palliative and end-of-life care, loss and grief.  A team of experts can answer your questions about life-threatening illness and loss.

My Grief

Because losing someone is hard. helps you understand and work through your grief.

Advance Care Planning (ACP)

ACP is a process of thinking about and share your wishes for future health and personal care. It can help you tell others what would be important if you were ill and unable to communicate.

GO WISH (Card Game for ACP)

The GO WISH card game is designed to help you find words to talk about what is important if you were to be living with a life that may be shortened by a serious illness.

E Hospice

Provides the latest palliative care news, views, and inspiration around the world

Wellspring - A Lifeline to Cancer Support

If you or a loved one are facing financial hardship as a result of cancer, you're not alone.  Wellspring Money Mattters Online helps guide you through income replacement and drug reimbursement options to help manage the cost of cancer.

Cancer Care Ontario

A 21st-century government agency responsible for ensuring Ontarians receive high-quality health care services where and when they need them.  Find mesothelioma resources and tools from Cancer Care Ontario and links to information from other organizations.

<![CDATA[Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA)]]>, 06 Jun 2022 9:45:02 +0000<![CDATA[Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFaC)]]>, 06 Jun 2022 9:39:45 +0000<![CDATA[Hospice Services ]]>, 06 Jun 2022 9:24:52 +0000

Residential Services

Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care (MVHPC) is a non-profit community organization offering residential hospice in a home like setting. MVHPC staff, professional nursing/PSW, trained volunteers, and the family physician, work collaboratively to provide 24 hour one on one care. Our 2-bed Hospice suite, with private entrance, is located within St. Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) in Barry’s Bay, ON which is in southwestern Renfrew County, 85 kilometers southwest of Pembroke, 95 kilometers west of Renfrew, 200 kilometers west of Ottawa, and 50 kilometers east of Algonquin Park.

Admission to the Residential Program

This program is for patients in their last few weeks of life and for their families. The Primary Physician has discussed the diagnosis and expected course of illness.

It is understood that hospice care is aimed at controlling symptoms related to illness and not striving for a cure, and that the goals and interventions employed by Madawaska Valley Hospice do not include extra-ordinary measures, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Hospice recognizes that palliative care is directed toward improving quality of life and seeks neither to hasten nor postpone death.

The Hospice setting provides a home-like environment which allows family to be with their loved one in a relaxed and  private place as much as they wish.  24 hour professional nursing care will be provided by St. Francis Memorial Hospital.

On site MVHPC Staff and volunteers will be available to assist resident and family with activities of daily living, to provide emotional support and to perform activities to maintain Hospice as a clean and safe environment.

Medical care will be provided by the resident’s primary physician.  In the event that the primary physician is away or if there is no primary physician, a palliative care physician will be available to provide End of Life Care.

A spiritual advisor of the resident's or family's choosing will be welcome in hospice and able to participate in care.

It is understood that Madawaska Valley Hospice will not be responsible for lost or missing money or valuables.

It is understood that the Madawaska Valley Hospice is a non-smoking facility.

It is understood that there will be sharing of information between Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care staff and volunteers and other team members (including nurses, doctors and other health care professionals), ensuring the best possible care for the patient/family member.  Confidentiality will always be maintained.

For further information please contact us. 

Take a tour of the Madawaska Valley Hospice!

<![CDATA[Volunteer Visiting Program]]>, 06 Jun 2022 9:22:37 +0000

Specially trained volunteers offer physical, social, and emotional support to the person who has been diagnosed with a life limiting conditon as well as giving support and respite to the caregiver and family. This service can take place in a person's home, the hospital or long term care facility upon confirmation of a palliative diagnosis and continue through all stages until death. Follow-up to families will also be available after the death of a loved one.

MVHPC is actively working as partners and in coordination with other community health providers (e.g. Champlain Home and Community Care and their providers) to provide quality care and support.

MVHPC Volunteers can....

provide companionship, offer support, read, play cards, organize mementos or photos, assist with practical day to day needs, help write memoirs or journal, gardening, small repairs, run errands or provide respite to caregivers

Referrals for services are accepted from:

  • Individuals
  • Family Members
  • Family Doctor
  • Friends
  • Clergy
  • Long Term Facility
  • Other Health Care Agencies or Professionals


<![CDATA[Mission and Vision]]>, 06 Jun 2022 9:19:01 +0000Vision

Our communities understand, recognize, and use MVHPC as the primary resource for hospice palliative care and 100% of palliative persons in our community use MVHPC services.


Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care Program (MVHPC) provides compassionate support to enhance the quality of living and dying.


Patient Centred, Respect, Compassion, Integrity, Pursuit of Excellence, Teamwork

<![CDATA[Testimonials / Thank you's]]>, 06 Jun 2022 9:15:19 +0000Residential Hospice- Jeanetee Wright

MVHPC Services- Glen Henneberry

Residential Hospice

Dear Karen, Lisa and Michele,

As you know last night Dad passed away.

I just wanted to say on behalf of my family but mostly myself that I thank you from the bottom of my heart for having a beautiful place for Dad in his last days.  It made what is the most stressful time into a time of peace where we could enjoy being with dad and each other.

You have an amazing group of volunteers and I can’t single any one of them out for going over and above as each of them certainly did.

I do want to give a very special Thank You to Dorothy for all the assistance she gave my sister-in-law overnight.  She was an angel and please pass my thanks on when next you speak with her.

And Karen, oh my goodness, what can I say.  You are the most caring and compassionate woman I have ever met, my Thanks are not enough.

Lisa you kept me sane, you were always so calm and together.

Michelle, thank you for your patience and willingness to do what needed to be done even if it was uncharted territory.

You have a wonderful place and always made us feel welcome and answered our numerous questions with grace and no sign of anything but warmth and a wish to make this experience a rewarding one, which everyone truly did.  I don’t think he could have had a more peaceful death so for that Thank You Thank You Thank you.

Warmest regards,

Linda S.

Visiting Hospice Care

Dear MV Hospice Palliative Care Staff and Volunteers

First and foremost, thank you for giving my mother the opportunity to die in the comfort of her home during the final phase of her life.

On behalf of Anne's family, we wish to thank you for your kind and loving care during these past few months.  Your presence brought comfort to Anne and to us.

May God Bless you for your service,

Annes Family

Visiting Hospice Service in Hospital

Dear MVHPC and your Band of Angels,

Thank you for your support and kindness during the recent passing of my dear Dad - it meant a great deal to us.  Leaving was one of the most difficult things I had to do.  I took great comfort knowing that you had arranged a band of angels to sit with him and their updates each evening was wonderful.

Keep up your much needed work and God Bless you all!

Sandra M and Family

Residential Hospice (from local physician)

Dear MVHPC Staff,

I would like to thank you and your team of hospice workers for their efforts during Mr. W.'s stay in the hospice.  Your team was supportive, helpful and empathetic to his family without being overbearing or obtrusive.  I was able to experience the atmosphere of calmness and tranquility as soon as I went through the Hospice doors.  I appreciated the closeness of the Hospice unit to my office which facilitated multiple visits at various times of the day.

MV Hospice is truly a special gift to our community.

Sincerely yours,

D. C., MD.

<![CDATA[How To Donate]]>, 13 May 2022 5:54:27 +0000Thank you for your interest in supporting Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care. Your generosity helps us to offer supports and services to individuals and their families dealing with palliative illness and loss.

When you click the link below, you will be transferred to the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation payment gateway. This will assure that your gift can be made securely online.

For more information about ways you can contribute or to make your donation over the phone or by mail, please contact the SFVH Foundation directly at:

(613)-756-3045 ex 217.

Every kind gift is very much appreciated!

<![CDATA[Our Brochure]]>, 14 Apr 2022 7:40:13 +0000<![CDATA[Contact Us]]>, 14 Apr 2022 7:35:19 +0000

Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care

7 St Francis Memorial Drive                                                 
Box 129                                                                                 
Barry's Bay, ON
K0J 1B0

p: 613-756-3045 ext. 350


Dylaina Wood RN, CHPCN(C)                                               
MVHPC Clinical Director  

Lisa Hubers                                              
MVHPC Executive Director

Debbie Morin

MVHPC Program Assistant

Jenna Stamplicoski

MVHPC Volunteer Coordinator

<![CDATA[Touch Base Newsletters]]>, 14 Apr 2022 6:22:52 +0000MVHPC Touch Base newsletter keeps volunteers up to date and well informed.  The newsletter highlights MVHPC events, communitity education sessions, statistics and program updates, volunteer training information and much more.

APRIL, 2022 Touch Base Newsletter           Click here to download menu PDF


FEBRUARY, 2022 Touch Base Newsletter     Click here to download menu PDF

<![CDATA[Help for the Holidays Memorial Event]]>, 02 Mar 2022 7:15:07 +0000We welcome everyone to this family memorial event:

Opeongo Seniors Centre
Stafford St. , Barry's Bay

Date:  November 2022 event date will be posted later
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

For more information please call our office: (613) 756-3045 ext.350

<![CDATA[Annual MVHPC Memorial Butterfly Release]]>, 02 Mar 2022 7:13:18 +0000Madawaska Hospice Palliative Care Presents:

Annual Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care Butterfly Release Memorial

Date: Sunday July 24, 2022
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

<![CDATA[Board of Directors]]>, 20 Sep 2021 6:20:48 +0000

John G. Campbell (Chair)

 Darlene Sernoskie (Vice Chair)

 Susan Sheridan (Secretary)

Colleen J. Buch (Treasurer)

Robin Lowry

Lorraine Finn

Carman Palubiski

Jane Dumas

Mary-Ellen Harris


Clinical Director - Dylaina Wood

Fundraising - Erin Gienow

<![CDATA[Downloadable Forms]]>, 19 Aug 2021 6:19:25 +0000<![CDATA[Other Services]]>, 04 Aug 2021 6:14:23 +0000Hospice Palliative Care Education

The MVHPC Clinical Director provides HPC education, training and workshops and is available to;

  • Individuals and Family
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Volunteers
  • Community Organizations

Educational and Bereavement Library:

Many reference and educational books are available for loan.

Contact us at:  (613) 756-3045 ext. 350 for information about these services.

Ethics Advisory Committee

MVHPC recognizes that many ethical dilemmas arise in the health care environment.  Many will be resolved at the front line or with a focused discussion involving the person and interprofessional care team.  However, there may be other ethical dilemmas which would derive benefit from a formal consultation with the Madawaska Valley Joint Ethics Advisory Committee.

To consult with the committee, contact one of the following:

Executive Director, Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care 613-756-3045 ext.350

Chief Operating Officer, St. Francis Memorial Hospital 613-756-3045

Chief Executive Officer, Valley Manor 613-756-2643

Executive Director, Barry's Bay and Area Senior Home Support 613-756-2772

Executive Director, Madawaska Valley Community Living  613-756-3817

Champlain Centre for Health Care Ethics

Ethics Brochure

Click to dowload PDF menu.

<![CDATA[Volunteer Stories]]>, 17 Feb 2021 7:12:12 +0000___________________________________________________________________________________________

"She lifted my hand and kissed it."

What a wonderful feeling of gratitude I experienced while visiting a lady in the hospital!  She appeared unresponsive.  Knowing she was nearing the end of life I held her hand and told her I’d pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. (a prayer said nearing the end of life) As I began praying she lifted my hand and kissed it. With tears in my eyes I continued.  This has been an unforgettable  experience.  I say thank you every day for the awe-inspiring experiences hospice volunteering has given me.     Shirley Etmanskie


"We walk each other home."

I should be old enough by now to know that things often don’t work out the way I imagine.  Most of the time, I am pleasantly surprised that they don’t.  When I took my volunteer training in November 2019 with Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, I had no intention of becoming a volunteer at the hospice.  I thought it would be very interesting and I could use what I learned when I do become a volunteer for a long term care home.  I was imagining myself volunteering for the home where my father and mother-in-law resided for more than two years, helping feed, keep company with, and wheel around in the garden the many clients who reside there.  But no, not volunteering at the hospice.

     I know the main reason I did not want to volunteer at the hospice was because I was afraid.  Will I know what to do when someone dies? Will I know how to answer questions from a family member? How comfortable will I be with being present with people facing their death or the death of a family member.

     Still, I decided to join the Therapeutic Touch Team and was ready to volunteer in people’s homes.  When Covid came all of my imagining fell through and I found myself trying a shift in the hospice apartment instead. To my surprise and delight, I realized that I loved it.  It felt so easy being there for other people.  I felt comfortable assisting in providing physical care for the clients. There was nothing special to say, except answer to the needs of the moment.  I enjoyed being able to contribute, if only a presence to the amazing transition that death represents for individuals and their families.  I quickly came to understand that one of the rewards, beside supporting people, was the peace and joy I feel when all other preoccupations fall away and I am left with the essential: the moment.

     But the rewards do not end there.  I find myself being part of a greater whole comprised of staff and other volunteers working towards a common goal, learning to be of service in our communities.  I had missed that feeling since being retired without even being aware of the loss.  As expressed by Ram Dass, “ we walk each other home “ in the so many ways that are necessary for our individual and collective well being.  I might still end up wheeling people around in the garden of a long term care home but meanwhile, may I continue being surprised by the gifts we give each other as clients, volunteers and staff of MVHPC.          Diane Veilleux


"She was beautiful."

Sitting at the bedside of an elderly lady a few days before her death, I became part of her life for a very short time. During these few hours I cared for her by holding her hand, combing her hair ,arranging her blankets, offered her ice chips and moistened her lips. As I held her hand and watched her sleep it reminded me of how I used to love being with my babies as they slept. She was beautiful. Did my small contribution make a difference in her life. I believe it did.

                                           Anne-Marie Moore


Dorothy Hannah
MV Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer

<![CDATA[Events]]>, 17 Dec 2020 5:49:10 +0000To ensure the health and safety of staff, volunteers and event attendees, MVHPC's 2020 events are postponed due to COVID-19.

<![CDATA[Training and Education]]>, 17 Dec 2020 5:32:32 +0000

All volunteers who provide direct patient and family assistance are required to take a 30-hour Palliative Care Training course. The sessions are offered over 4 days, in the fall as needed. Volunteers must also submit a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check, Registration Form and 2 personal references.

For more information on becoming a volunteer call 613-756-3045 ext.  350
Click here to fill out a Volunteer Registration Form

2020 In-class volunteer training postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

We offer on-line training as an option for new volunteer applicants to complete the required training at home.  Contact our office for details.

In-Class Training Topics include:

  1. Introduction to Hospice Palliative Care & The History of Hospice Palliative Care
  • History of Hospice Palliative Care
  1. The Art and Skill of Sensitive Communication, Emotional and Psychological Issues of Dying and Death, & Recognizing Signs of Imminent Death and Providing Care
  • Personal Death Experiences & Ideas about Death and Dying
  • Understanding Palliative Care
  • The Process of Dying- Mind/Body/Spirit
  1. Infection Control & Safety
  • Safety and Infection Control
  • Proper Hand Hygiene Techniques
  • Is it a Cold or Influenza?
  1. Grief & Bereavement
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Finding The Right Words
  1. Advance Care Planning
  • How Do I Do Advance Care Planning?
  1. Illness Specific Information, Pain and Symptom Management, Practical Comfort Measures, & The Challenges of Eating
  • Pain and Symptom Management
  • Pain Medication

7.  Facility Orientation, LTC and Hospital

Volunteer Touch Base Sessions (on hold due to Covid 19 precautions)

"Touch Base" meetings are held for volunteers to gather socially, remember those we have served, ask questions, address concerns and receive additional education and support.  The meetings keep volunteers well informed with what is happening within the Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care program.

<![CDATA[FALL VOLUNTEER TRAINING COURSE]]>, 17 Dec 2020 4:54:53 +0000Help Us Help Others!

Consider joining our compassionate team of volunteers who are offering an important service to our communities.  "Life is meaningless only if we allow it to be.  Each of us has the power to give life meaning; to make our time and our bodies and our words into instruments of love and hope."

In-class volunteer training is usually held in early November but due to COVID 19 precautions has been postponed.  We do offer on-line training as an option.  Training is FREE.

Contact our office for more information 613-756-3045 EXT350

<![CDATA[Volunteer Role and Registration]]>, 06 Sep 2019 1:29:25 +0000

The Role of the Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer

The role of the Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer is to be of assistance to anyone who may need it…the patient, their families or other members of the care provider team.  The volunteers have indicated their interest in working with, and their ability to relate to patients and families affected with a life limiting condition.

Volunteers are key members of the Hospice Palliative Care team.

These dedicated individuals are viewed by patients and families as peers and as such can provide the human contact which may give the professional members of the care team a clearer insight into patient and family needs.

Volunteers provide patient and family support in ways and at times when professional teams would have been unavailable, inappropriate or inadequate.

The volunteer does not usually see the patient every day, so a certain freshness and vitality arrives with that volunteer which is great support to the care providers and family who may be continuously close to the dying person.

As a non-medical member of the health care team, a volunteer is in a unique position to serve in the role of patient advocate.  Information which the patient is unable to share with doctors, nurses and/or family due to their total dependence on them for their physical well-being is often accessible to the volunteer.  The volunteer can then assist the patient to find non-threatening ways to communicate needs, or if the patient prefers, act as a diplomatic intermediary between patient and caregiver.

<![CDATA[Hospice Palliative Care Volunteer Role]]>, 05 Sep 2019 5:39:20 +0000The Volunteers are an integral part of the Palliative Care Team.  They enhance the quality of life of the patient in many ways.  They provide compassionate support for patients and their families in home, hospital, Long Term Care Home, and Hospice.

The importance of our volunteers to the program cannot be overstated.  Without volunteers we could provide neither the kinds nor the scope of services which are so urgently needed to enhance the quality of the lives of our patients and their families.

As members of the Palliative Care Team, there are specific functions and responsibilities expected of the Palliative Care Volunteer.

Reports to:  Volunteer Coordinator or designate


  • To provide support to a patient who has a life-threatening or terminal conditon and their family.
  • To assist the health care team to provide optimum quality of life to the patient who is dying and their family.
  • To support other Hospice Palliative Care volunteers and staff.

Responsibilities:  These may include

  • Provide companionship and support to the patient and family
  • Provide transportation to appointments, shopping, etc.
  • Provide simple comfort measures for a patient
  • Preparing light meals or carrying out light household tasks
  • Giving reminders of medication schedules but NOT administering medications
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Observing and reporting changes in the patient’s condition to volunteer coordinator or designate
  • Writing letters, or reading to the patient
  • Maintaining records of visits – day – time -  travel
  • Attend Volunteer training program and facility orientation programs
  • Attending regular volunteer meetings
  • Advising volunteer coordinator of sick leave or vacation
  • Using telephone support when needed
<![CDATA[Volunteer Code of Conduct]]>, 05 Sep 2019 5:35:38 +0000
  • I will work together with the Health Care Team, to provide compassionate support to help enhance the quality of life of Hospice/Palliative Care patients and their families.
  • I will conduct myself with the highest standards of personal and professional behaviour.
  • I will demonstrate compassion, honesty and kindness while respecting each persons privacy, dignity and individuality.
  • I will treat each person with respect and consideration.
  • We each bring valuable skills, experience and knowledge to our work and I will respect each persons contribution.
  • ]]>
    <![CDATA[Opportunities]]>, 05 Sep 2019 4:00:46 +0000

    Volunteers are an integral part of the MV Hospice Palliative Care Team working under the direction of our Clinical Director to provide a variety of services.  We have many different opportunities for committed, caring individuals and teams who would like to make a difference in someone’s life. There are no minimum or maximum hours required to be a volunteer.  Volunteers give of their time as they are able.  Some enjoy a specific day and time each week, while others volunteer for a specific person or project as needed.  Services are offered in person’s homes or in institutions, where ever the person resides so support may be provided in varied locations. Volunteers may assist in any preferred location.

    For more information on becoming a volunteer call 613-756-3045 ext. 350

    Possible opportunities include:

    • Direct patient and family assistance
    • Friendly visiting at home
    • Insitutional visiting:
      • Valley Manor
      • St. Francis Memorial Hospital
      • Water Tower Lodge
      • Madawaska Valley Hospice Residence
    • Compassionate Teen Mentor:
      • Visiting in hospital supervising teens
    • Bereavement follow-up:
      • Phone assistance
      • Visitation
    • Bereavement Support Group
    • Caregiver Support Group
    • Dementia Support Group
    • Event assistance:
      • Butterfly Release
      • Hope for the Holidays
    • Office assistance
      • Newsletter publishing or proof reading
      • Stuffing envelopes
    • Equipment Loan Cupboard:
      • Equipment cleaning
      • Equipment maintenance
      • Equipment delivery
    • Bird Feeder Maintenance
    • Hospice Garden Care
    • Hospice Baking
    • Music Recording and Equipment Care
    • Feeding Assistant

    <![CDATA[Caregiver Support]]>, 06 Aug 2019 5:34:18 +0000You might be new to caregiving, or you might be well along your journey. Regardless of the unique circumstances of your situation, we do know that all caregiving can be incredibly rewarding, and it can be incredibly isolating and stressful too.  Our caregiver support program offers:

    • Assistance navigating through all the healthcare services and options
    • In home volunteer respite so you can feel confident to leave your loved one in safe hands
    • Education to help make caregiving easier physically, emotionally and mentally

    Hospice Palliative Care Ontario offers Caregiver Support Education Modules online at:

    <![CDATA[Grief & Bereavement]]>, 27 Mar 2018 1:07:42 +0000Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care (MVHPC) provides bereavement support following the death of a loved one for one year as well as offer Free 6 week Grief Support Groups (frequency based on interest).  For more information about our groups or our bereavement program, contact the office (613)756-3045 Ext 350.

    "Grief ...never ends...but it changes.  It is a passage, not a place to stay.  Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of is the price of love."


    Grief is the normal, healthy response to different types of loss.  Such losses include not only the death of a loved one, but also the loss of health, loss of a special relationship, loss of a job, loss of self-esteem and the changes that invariably take place as a result.  It is the most universal of human experiences and the one for which we are least prepared.

    When a loved one dies, our lives are changed forever - we are no longer the same person we were before the death and many of us need some help in navigating the painful journey after the death of a loved one.  The Grief and Bereavement Program can help with this process.

    What is the purpose of the Bereavement Program?

    • To foster healthy emotional adjustment to loss
    • To provide support and education about the grieving process
    • To help individuals and families develop coping skills to deal with their loss
    • To educate the community at large about grief and bereavement

    How does MVHPC provide Bereavement Follow Up?

    • Staff and trained volunteers will contact family during the first year following the death.
    • Two annual events to honour the memories of loved ones who died will be held in;
      • July - Memorial Butterfly Release
      • November - Hope for the Holidays

    Pamphlets are available with helpful information about the grieving process and can be made available to anyone who requests either by email or phone or in person.

    Visit website for more information as a resource for all families.

    <![CDATA[Showcase]]>, 21 Apr 2017 4:02:04 +0000MVHPC is dedicated to inspiring other small communities to bring quality hospice palliative care services to their area.  We continue to present our unique model at HPC conferences at the provincial, national and international level.

    Ontario Association of Community Care Acess Centres (OACCAC) Conference - Toronto June 2017

    (One hour workshop in cooperation with the Champlain CCAC)

    International Public Health and Palliative Care Conference - Ottawa Sept 2017

    One hour workshop - Rural Communities Have A Big Heart for HPC

    Canadian Palliative Care Conference - Ottawa Sept 2017

    20 minute oral presentation

    International Congress on Palliative Care - Montreal Oct 2016

    30 minute oral presentation

    Hospice Palliative Care Conference - Toronto April 2015

    <![CDATA[Pet Therapy Visitation]]>, 06 Apr 2017 7:22:56 +0000MVHPC has trained hospice volunteers who can bring their pet therapy dog to your home or into the local hospital and long term care home.  The pets are well mannered, gentle, and have been vetted by us as having their up to date vaccinations and have references to the dogs manner and behaviour.

    <![CDATA[Family Testimonial of Visiting Hospice Services]]>, 14 Sep 2016 6:56:28 +0000Anne and Michael Afelskie’s journey – “It was a great help.”

    Sept 7, 2016 - When former teacher Anne Afelskie was dying at home from colon cancer, she was surrounded by family. She was also supported by trained volunteers from Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care, who visited her at her Golden Lake home almost every day for four hours at a time.

    The volunteers helped Anne brush her teeth. They prepared meals, washed dishes and told jokes. Nurses contracted by the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) gave her medication for pain while CCAC-contracted personal support workers provided additional care.

    This is exactly what Anne had hoped for; she didn’t want to die in a hospital bed. Her husband Michael Afelskie (pictured), a 73-year-old farmer and former accountant, appreciated the intensive in-home assistance.

    M Afelskie

    “Without the services, I wouldn’t have been able to keep my wife at home. It respected Anne’s wishes to be at home. My children would come on weekends to spend time with their mom. My daughter, Julie, would bring her two daughters and spend most of the weekends here,” he says. "I was plowing the fields, getting hay and feeding the cows. The volunteers allowed me to do a few little chores around the farm and home, but also gave me a little bit of mental rehab, when you can get out and do something different. It was a great help.”

    Lisa Hubers, Madawaska Valley Hospice Care Program Director, says community-based services at end-of-life can help individuals during an extraordinarily difficult time.

    “In the progression of an illness, there are some scary moments and sometimes there are little crisis moments, and we would help the family alleviate those concerns,” says Lisa, adding that clinical staff was always available, in-person or by phone, to answer questions from Anne and Michael and their two children. “That prevented the family from rushing to an emergency department, and allowed the family to be comfortable and stay at home, right until the end.”

    In addition to providing in-home services, Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care also operates two residential hospice beds in Barry’s Bay for people who prefer that setting. The Champlain LHIN provides funding for these services in Madawaska Valley and other areas in the region, and supports overall planning and improvement efforts through the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program.

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    “The LHIN has made it a priority to improve access to health services such as hospice palliative care to all Champlain residents, no matter where they live in the region,” says Champlain LHIN CEO Chantale LeClerc. “The Afelskie family’s positive experience of the health system shows the importance of matching services to the unique needs and preferences of patients and caregivers. Providing support to people and their families at end-of-life in their own communities is not only what people want, it makes sense for the overall health system.”

    From a provincial perspective, as announced in June 2016, Ontario is investing an additional $75 million over three years to provide patients with more options and access to community-based palliative and end-of-life care.

    As a first step, part of that investment is going toward hospices across the province, including $2.8 million in the Champlain region. This increased funding for existing hospice beds strengthens end-of-life support that relieves suffering, and improves quality of living and dying.

    "Hospices are special places that provide compassionate care to patients and families at a challenging time in their lives. They are a critical part of Ontario's plan to ensure access to high-quality hospice palliative care," says John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

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    Hospice Myths

    Myth:    If I accept a referral to hospice palliative it means I am giving up hope.

    FACT:   Nothing could be further from the truth.  Accepting a referral simply means you have chose to focus on quality of life, based on your individual choices, so you can live as fully as possible for as long as possible.  The goal of hospice palliative care is to reduce physical pain, create emotional wellbeing and enhance spiritual peace.

    Myth:    Hospice palliative care is only available in the last few days of life.

    FACT:   Hospice palliative care is available to persons living with a life-limiting illness at any point that they wish to seek assistance.  People live on an average of 29 days longer with the support of hospice palliative care and they live with more comfort, dignity and peace.

    Myth:    Hospice palliative care is best provided by specialists.

    FACT:   Families can provide quality care for a loved one with a life-limiting illness.  Hospice palliative care staff, volunteers and health service partners offer support, encouragement, training, and respite for family members caring for a loved one.  Families have been providing care at end-of-life for centuries; it is only in recent times that we have given that love and caring support over to professionals.

    Myth:    Hospice palliative care is expensive.

    FACT:   Hospice palliative care is FREE.  Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care (MVHPC) is sustained through government support (80 per cent) and community donations (20 per cent).

    Myth:    Hospice is a facility for end-of-life care and means I will have to leave my home.

    FACT:   Hospice is not a place; it is a concept of care.  All services are provided wherever the patient may be- home, long term care (LTC) home, assisted living, seniors apartments or hospital.  Hospice palliative care supports patients and families wherever they may be.

    Myth:    Hospice palliative care services stops when your loved one dies.

    FACT:   MVHPC provides free grief and bereavement support to families for a year or longer after the loved one’s death.

    Myth:    MVHPC bereavement services are only available to family members of hospice patients.

    FACT:   Our bereavement support is available to any community member who has suffered a loss through the death of a loved one.

    <![CDATA[Medical Equipment Cupboard]]>, 10 May 2016 10:04:43 +0000Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care (MVHPC) operates a used medical assistance equipment service.  Many area people have donated a variety of items that they no longer need to MVHPC.

    There is no charge for this service.

    The equipment is cleaned, stored, and monitored by staff and volunteers at MVHPC.  Equipment includes:

    • wheelchairs and transport wheelchairs
    • commode chairs
    • hospital beds
    • walkers
    • raised toilet seats
    • crutches and canes
    • bath benches and bath seats

    As with any recycled equipment there will be some cost to keeping items in good working order. This program is gratefully supported by community donations.

    In order to request a piece of equipment or donate items, please contact:

    MVHPC Office at (613) 756-3045 ext. 350

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