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Hospice Quinte's weekly 4-5 minute podcast brings you important information about end of life issues, bereavement, grief, hospice palliative care, and Hospice Quinte's services and events. Hospice Quinte also hosts 15 minute interview specials called "Heart to Heart with Hospice Quinte". Changing Lives and Heart to Heart can also be heard on 91.3 Loyalist Radio in Belleville, ON.
 
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Caregiving is a challenging and rewarding part of many people’s lives. Caregivers face many adversities, with unknowns, stressors and worries being a normal part of the caregiving journey. The mental health and wellbeing of caregivers however is often overlooked. This is an issue that caregivers and the organizations that support them are acknowled…
 
Many non-profit organizations could not survive without the assistance provided by loyal volunteers. In fact, a report by Volunteer Canada revealed that Baby Boomers and Senior Adults provided more than 1 billion volunteer hours in 2010! Clearly volunteering provides non-profits and charities a wealth of expertise, which allows these organizations …
 
Even though caregiving is often thought of as a role assumed primarily by women, a recent survey found that 44% of caregivers are men. Like their female counterparts, approximately 3.4 million male caregivers face tremendous challenges as they simultaneously try to balance work and raise a family with the physical and emotional demands of helping a…
 
** Please note: this podcast mentions the April 2022 Advance Care Planning workshop offered by Hospice Quinte, which has now been completed ** Imagine for a moment that you were not able to speak for yourself. Who would you want to make decisions on your behalf? Do your family or friends know what your end-of-life wishes are? Many people think that…
 
There is a question that often surfaces in the hospice environment: How much should we involve children in dying process family members? And that leads to another eventual question - at what age is it appropriate for children to attend funerals? Family members struggle with both of these questions. And different cultures in our world address the to…
 
*** Please Note: This Content May Contain Information Regarding Programs That Are No Longer Offered by Hospice Quinte *** In 2020 Hospice Quinte introduced two new programs – Bereavement Companionship and Caregiver Companionship. Often, people who are caring for someone with a terminal illness don’t have the time or energy to come to a support grou…
 
As our loved ones approach the final stages of life comfort care and quality of life become the top priorities. It is also a time that we must listen carefully to our loved ones, taking their cues to determine what their greatest needs and concerns are. Human nature compels us to nurture our loved ones in many ways, feeding being one method - howev…
 
Hospice palliative care is made up of two parts – hospice care and palliative care. Palliative, or comfort, care is appropriate for people of any age and at any stage of a serious illness. Hospice care is generally for those who have twelve or fewer months to live and who are no longer receiving active curative treatment. Hospice palliative care co…
 
As a new caregiver, or even a caregiver of many years, navigating the system in hospice palliative care can be hard to do. Knowing how to navigate the path will not only help you to understand the services available and how to access them but will also help you advocate for the person you are caring for. Find out how to navigate the hospice palliat…
 
Special days and holidays can sometimes trigger memories and difficult emotions in individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one. For those who have lost a spouse or partner, Valentine's Day can feel particularly cruel because of its emphasis on togetherness, love, and romance. This week's Changing Lives Podcast focuses on coping with gr…
 
According to Statistics Canada, in 2018 an estimated 25 percent of the population provided some form of long-term caregiving to a loved one. As those with illness face multiple losses and grief, and adjustments to a different life routine, so do caregivers. Caregivers may face losses such as the loss of a job, broken or challenging relationships, a…
 
When you find out someone close to you is dying, it can be a little overwhelming. Once you have had some time to process the news you may be lucky enough to have some time to plan making memories with your loved one by putting together a legacy project. Legacy projects are projects or activities you do to honour the life of your loved one. In this …
 
Dying is a part of living. We will all experience it ourselves and we will all lose someone we love and experience the grief and bereavement that comes with that loss. Even though it is such a fundamental part of life – it seems to be a topic that many people have a hard time talking about. Because it is such a difficult topic – we tend to avoid me…
 
When asked, most people say they want to spend their last days at home. And while supports for home death are improving, sometimes a family finds they need help twenty-four hours a day. In that case, a hospice residence might be the best option. A hospice residence is a home away from home where people come to live their final days. When a person e…
 
Spirituality means different things to different people. For some, religion and faith are part of their spirituality; others may look to cultural traditions to meet spiritual needs, and some may seek spiritual fulfilment in nature. In this week's Changing Lives Podcast we discuss traditions and spirituality at end of life. Listen on 91x FM You can …
 
Caring for someone is hard. You give a lot of yourself acting as an advocate for their care and assisting them in their daily lives. Though we can’t make your job as a caregiver easier, we do have a few suggestions from Caregiver Solutions to help you provide better care. Tune in to learn more in this week's Changing Lives Podcast. Listen on 91x FM…
 
Difficult conversations - the phrase says it all. There are some topics in life that are difficult to approach. End of life planning is one of them. Learn how to start the sometimes difficult conversation about advance care planning with the people closest to you in this week's Changing Lives Podcast episode. About Hospice Quinte Hospice Quinte pro…
 
Death is not something we need to fear. In fact, many people are able to die well because they think about it and plan for it ahead of time. Learn more about how to prepare for a good end of life in this week's Changing Lives Podcast. About Hospice Quinte Hospice Quinte assists terminally ill individuals and their caregivers by offering them suppor…
 
One of our goals at Hospice Quinte is to help people start conversations about hospice palliative care and their end of life choices. There are a lot of myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about hospice palliative care that can prevent people from getting the care and support they need when they need it. Clear out the misunderstandings and…
 
Comfort care is an essential part of hospice palliative care. It’s a complimentary kind of care that helps or soothes a person who is dying. The goal of comfort care, is just that, is to prevent or relieve suffering as much as possible while respecting a dying individual’s wishes. Learn about comfort care during end of life in this week's Changing …
 
Becoming a caregiver can happen gradually without you even noticing it – you start calling more often, you cover more of the chores at home, you pick up their prescriptions – or it can happen quite quickly – they are given a diagnosis with a poor prognosis or they take a damaging fall, requiring urgent treatment and full-time care. In this week's C…
 
Generally speaking, people who are dying need care in four areas—physical and practical help, mental support, help for emotional needs, and processing spiritual issues. Quality hospice palliative care should address the needs of all four areas. Listen to this week's podcast to find out how to give care in each of these four areas. About Hospice Qui…
 
September is Healthy Aging Month. Healthy Aging Month was created to empower people over the age of 45 to take charge of their lives, their health, and their passions. This is not just about eating right and getting exercise. It is also about planning ahead. This includes planning for your end of life care. It can be hard to do, but creating an Adv…
 
In a recent CARENET report, poor communication was cited as a contributor to compromised care for palliative patients. Their research showed that up to 70 per cent of seriously ill, hospitalized elderly Canadians have been given invasive end-of-life treatments that they simply did not want. Find out how to improve communication at end of life in th…
 
Maybe you have heard of a birth doula, but have you heard of a death doula? Just as a birth doula advocates for and cares for mothers in their pregnancy and birth journey, death doulas advocate for and care for the dying in their final days and death journey. A doula’s ultimate purpose is to be present, to listen, and to attend to non-medicinal nee…
 
Caregiving is often a physically, not to mention emotionally demanding job. Caregivers that are carrying too much responsibility may miss personal appointments, ignore personal medical concerns, eat unhealthily due to lack of time or appetite, overuse alcohol, lose sleep, have fewer social connections, experience depression, and feel resentfulness …
 
At Hospice Quinte we meet, and talk to, a lot of people who have become family caregivers for loved ones who are facing a terminal illness. We hear a lot of stories and many of these involve emotions such as sadness, hope, exhaustion, happiness, grace, despair, longing, love, and even anger. Yet, perhaps, the common emotion we hear about is guilt. …
 
Death is not something we need to fear. In fact, many people are able to die well because they think about it and plan for it ahead of time. Learn more about how to prepare for a good end of life in this week's Changing Lives Podcast. About Hospice Quinte Hospice Quinte assists terminally ill individuals and their caregivers by offering them suppor…
 
Did you know that approximately 25% of Canadians end up providing care for family members and friends suffering from a chronic illness or disability at some point in their lives? Unfortunately, unpaid caregivers are given little to no training before or while providing the care that they do. This can make them feel ill-equipped to care for their lo…
 
Please note that some of the information in this podcast may be out of date. For the most up to date information on Hospice Quinte, please visit our website at HospiceQuinte.ca The COVID-19 pandemic has flipped the lives of caregivers upside down. Learn more about the even greater challenges caregivers are being faced with throughout the COVID-19 p…
 
Please note that some of the information in this podcast may be out of date. For the most up to date information on Hospice Quinte, please visit our website at HospiceQuinte.ca Mark your calendars and join Hospice Quinte on Friday, June 25th, 2021 at Black Bear Ridge Golf Course, for our 2021 Charity Golf Tournament, proudly presented by Peak Const…
 
Spirituality means different things to different people. For some, religion and faith are part of their spirituality; others may look to cultural traditions to meet spiritual needs, and some may seek spiritual fulfilment in nature. In this week's Changing Lives Podcast we discuss traditions and spirituality at end of life. About Hospice Quinte Hosp…
 
May 2nd to the 8th marks National Hospice Palliative Care Week. This year’s theme, “The Light of My Life” is a campaign with a dual purpose – to provide us with an opportunity to shine a light on those who matter to us most, and to bring hospice palliative care issues to light. Learn more in this week's episode of Hospice Quinte's Changing Lives Po…
 
Becoming a caregiver can happen gradually without you even noticing it – you start calling more often, you cover more of the chores at home, you pick up their prescriptions – or it can happen quite quickly – they are given a diagnosis with a poor prognosis or they take a damaging fall, requiring urgent treatment and full-time care. In this week's C…
 
Caring for someone is hard. You give a lot of yourself acting as an advocate for their care and assisting them in their daily lives. Though we can’t make your job as a caregiver easier, we do have a few suggestions from Caregiver Solutions to help you provide better care. Tune in to learn more in this week's Changing Lives Podcast. About Hospice Qu…
 
Please note that some of the information in this podcast may be out of date. For the most up to date information on Hospice Quinte, please visit our website at HospiceQuinte.ca For over 10 years, Hospice Quinte has been planning to expand its services and address the need for a community-based Hospice Quinte Care Centre to serve individuals living …
 
In Canada, the United States, Australia, and the UK, October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Pregnancy and infant loss includes miscarriages, stillbirths, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and the death of a newborn. This is a difficult topic to cover as many people suffer these types of losses in silence. Learn more in this week's Cha…
 
Healthy Aging Month was created to empower adults 45 and older to take charge of their lives and their health. This is not just about eating right and getting exercise, but also about planning ahead, like your end of life care. Learn more in this week's Changing Lives Podcast. About Hospice Quinte Hospice Quinte assists terminally ill individuals a…
 
Please note that some of the information in this podcast may be out of date. For the most up to date information on Hospice Quinte, please visit our website at HospiceQuinte.ca The pandemic came as a shock to us all and it completely changed how we do life. We may never go completely back to the way things were. The same is true about loss and bere…
 
You may have heard of a birth doula, but have you heard of a death doula? Just as a birth doula advocates for and cares for mothers in their pregnancy and birth journey, death doulas advocate for and care for the dying in their final days and death journey. Learn more about the duties and benefits of a death doula during an individual's final journ…
 
In 2015, the Quality of Death Index, which rates end-of-life quality in eighty different countries, found Canada to be ranked in 11th place overall. This is a decent position to be in, but we could be offering better end-of-life care to Canadians. So, if palliative care is not where it should be in Canada, this begs the question: how do the majorit…
 
Whenever we turn on the news or scroll through our social media feeds, it’s hard not to be reminded of all the terrible things going on in the world. For some, it can feel pretty important to stay up to date with the latest news and world events, but it’s also crucial to practice self-care when what we're being exposed to is affecting our mental he…
 
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