Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care - About Us, 09 Nov 2021 2:13:23 -0700en-us<![CDATA[Board of Directors]]>, 20 Sep 2021 11:20:48 -0700

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[Our Brochure]]>, 02 Jul 2020 12:40:12 -0700<![CDATA[Mission and Vision]]>, 12 Jun 2017 10:47:11 -0700Vision

Our communities understand, recognize, and use MVHPC as the primary resource for hospice palliative care.


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

Visionary Goal

100% of palliative persons use MVHPC services.


Patient and Family Centric, Respect, Compassion, Integrity, Excellence, Teamwork

<![CDATA[Showcase]]>, 21 Apr 2017 9:02:04 -0700MVHPC 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[Testimonials / Thank you's]]>, 31 Aug 2016 7:25:20 -0700August 2016- Residential Hospice- Jeanetee Wright

August 2016 - MVHPC Services- Glen Henneberry

May 2016 - 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.

January 2016 - 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

Spring 2016 - 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

July 2015 - 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[Hospice Palliative Care Myths]]>, 23 Aug 2016 8:59:40 -0700

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.

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